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 in 2009: It was all about Windows

Microsoft in 2009: It was all about Windows

Every year, around this time, the ZDNet managers who keep our blog network ticking send each of us ZDNet authors a list of our top posts from the year. In a year like 2009 -- when Microsoft made so many moves and rolled out lots of new products and strategies -- it's interesting to see what you readers found most compelling.

December 16, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Microsoft's Office team takes a page from the Windows play book

Microsoft's Office team takes a page from the Windows play book

Windows President Steven Sinofsky joined the Windows team from the Office unit, leading many of us Microsoft watchers to note how similar the Windows organization has become to Office, in terms of its structure, policies and procedures, over the last couple of years. But the Office team is learning from the Windows team, too -- in app compatibility.

December 15, 2009 by in Microsoft

Microsoft pulls beta of Chinese microblogging service; blames third-party developer

Microsoft pulls beta of Chinese microblogging service; blames third-party developer

For the second time in the past couple of months, Microsoft has pulled a piece of code amid allegations of "theft." And, as was the case last time, Microsoft is attributing any problems to a third-party developer. On December 14, Microsoft officials suspended the beta of Juku, a microblogging service Microsoft is testing in China, that looks almost identical to Plurk, another Twitter-like service that is popular in Asia.

December 14, 2009 by in Developer

Microsoft patches Office 2003 rights-management bug

Microsoft patches Office 2003 rights-management bug

On December 11, some Office 2003 users discovered that they couldn't open files that included Microsoft right-management protected content. A day later, Microsoft issued a patch. There is a hotfix for Word 2003 and one for Excel 2003 that are downloadable from Microsoft's Web site designed to fix the issue.

December 14, 2009 by in Microsoft

Analyst: 'It is game over for Microsoft in consumer'

Analyst: 'It is game over for Microsoft in consumer'

What if Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie and other leaders at Microsoft are wrong and integrating the consumer and business worlds doesn't really matter? One very influential market watcher, Mark Anderson, author of the Strategic News Service newsletter, is betting that instead of a melding, there will be an increasing chasm between the consumer and business market.

December 10, 2009 by in Microsoft

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