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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Windows 8 starts to come into focus

Windows 8 starts to come into focus

I get questions periodically about whether Windows 7 marks the end of the Microsoft operating system road. The short answer is no. And there are two new Microsoft job postings for Windows 8 to prove it to the doubters.

April 20, 2009 by in Windows

Report: Customers scrutinizing Microsoft license agreements more than ever

Report: Customers scrutinizing Microsoft license agreements more than ever

Tough economic times are leading customers to scrutinize their Microsoft licensing agreements more than ever before -- a fact that's leading Microsoft to provide some substantial deals and discounts. That's one of the take-aways from long-time Microsoft watchers at Directions on Microsoft are providing in a new report, due this week, on Microsoft's volume licensing programs.

April 20, 2009 by in Microsoft

Digg ends a year early its exclusive ad deal with Microsoft

Digg ends a year early its exclusive ad deal with Microsoft

Microsoft execs may consider the online ad and search businesses critical to the company's future. But capturing a sizeable chunk of either isn't an easy task. The latest example: The week after Microsoft was touting a major ad win with the Discovery Channel, it is conceding that another ad deal has gone by the wayside.

April 20, 2009 by in Microsoft

Microsoft's forgotten Windows 7 netbook version: Home Premium

Microsoft's forgotten Windows 7 netbook version: Home Premium

Since Microsoft announced its planned Windows 7 SKU line-up in February, almost all the focus on what the company will do in the netbook arena has focused on Windows 7 Starter Edition. Few seem to remember that Microsoft is planning to offer PC makers a choice of not just Starter Edition, but also Home Premium, as the low-end version of Windows 7 best suited for netbooks.

April 20, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Former Microsoft MacBU chief now running entertainment client software

Former Microsoft MacBU chief now running entertainment client software

Craig Eisler, the former head of Microsoft's Mac Business Unit (MacBU) has a new job heading up "entertainment client software" for the company. Eisler -- who is now Corporate Vice President for the TV, Video and Music business -- will lead "the planning, design and development of client software across Windows, the Xbox video game system and Windows Mobile."

April 18, 2009 by in Microsoft

Windows Mobile 6.5 launch: Pencil in May 11

Windows Mobile 6.5 launch: Pencil in May 11

The first Windows Mobile 6.5 phones aren't expected to be available until this fall, but it looks like that isn't stopping Microsoft from "launching" the next version of its mobile operating system on May 11. May 11 is the opening day of Microsoft's TechEd 2009 conference in Los Angeles.

April 17, 2009 by in Mobility

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