Mary Jo Foley

Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Send her an email with your rants, rumors, tips and tattles. Confidentiality guaranteed.

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Microsoft to businesses: No standalone concurrent programming toolkit for you

Microsoft to businesses: No standalone concurrent programming toolkit for you

Microsoft announced last week a new version of its Robotics Developer Studio (RDS) suite. Company officials emphasized the fact Microsoft is making the R3 version of RDS available freely to all -- even though the majority of users already were able to get RDS for free. But the Softies downplayed the future of the CCR and DSS toolkit -- the part of suite that has been of interest to a number of business users.

May 24, 2010 by in Microsoft

Microsoft a patent 'alley thug': Are those settling words?

Microsoft a patent 'alley thug': Are those settling words?

I'm less interested in Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff calling Microsoft a troll and thug than I am in another tidbit from his earnings call transcript. Benioff is touting Salesforce's Chatter collaboration application Salesforce's "killer app." I'm thinking this space might be the real Microsoft-Salesforce battleground.

May 21, 2010 by in CXO

Microsoft's Ballmer shares his 'five things that matter'

Microsoft's Ballmer shares his 'five things that matter'

For a few years running, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made an appearance at the start of every calendar year to provide Wall Street analysts with a "Strategic Update" on Microsoft. He didn't do so this year, but he covered some of the same territory during his keynote address during Microsoft's annual CEO Summit on May 19.

May 19, 2010 by in Microsoft

Capgemini now championing Microsoft BPOS over Google Apps

Capgemini now championing Microsoft BPOS over Google Apps

Microsoft hasn't done a whole lot today, the opening day of the Google I/O conference, to attempt to throw cold water on Google's message that it is serious about getting enterprises into the cloud. However, there was one interesting counter-announcement from the Redmondians on May 19.

May 19, 2010 by in CXO

Where in the world is J Allard?

Where in the world is J Allard?

Since Microsoft acknowledged officially a couple of weeks ago that the powers-that-be there decided to nix the Courier Tablet, the question I've gotten most often is "So what's J Allard's next trick?"

May 18, 2010 by in Hardware

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