Mary Jo Foley

Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

Latest Posts

Visual Studio 2010 gets a new launch date

After announcing in late 2009 that it was adding an unexpected extra test release to its Visual Studio 2010 schedule -- resulting in a push-back of the launch of the product -- Microsoft has rescheduled the official launch event. The new launch date for VS 2010 and .NET Framework 4 is Monday, April 12.

January 14, 2010 by


Microsoft pulls Office from distribution channels on patent-infringement deadline day

January 11 is/was the day by which Microsoft was required to stop selling versions of Office or components of it that included the Custom XML technology, as a result of a patent-infringement ruling against the company. Given that Microsoft released to PC makers a patch designed to remove the infringing technology at the end of last year, it looked like the Softies were ready to comply with the ruling over a month ago. But now it looks like that wasn't the case....

January 11, 2010 by


Microsoft tests tool for migrating MySQL to SQL Server

Ever since Oracle made overtures to buy Sun (and get MySQL in the process), Microsoft's been more of a MySQL foe than friend. Given that context, it's probably not too surprising that Microsoft is readying a tool designed to help customers migrate from MySQL to SQL Server and/or SQL Azure, Microsoft's cloud-hosted version of its database

January 11, 2010 by


Are slates going hurt Microsoft's bottom line any more than netbooks?

Are all slates tablets? Are all tablets netbooks? Does the distinction between slates, tablets, netbooks, smartbooks and e-readers matter to anyone -- or do anything beyond confuse customers more than they are already)? The real question in all this, for Microsoft watcher, customers and partners, is whether slates will ding the profits of the Windows client business any more or less than netbooks have.

January 11, 2010 by


Microsoft makes it legal to rent Windows, Office worldwide

For the past few years, Microsoft has been conducting experiments in various countries as to how and whether "renting" software could become a viable business model. The answer seemingly must have been yes, since Microsoft quietly added rental SKUs, as of January 1, to the list of license types available to customers worldwide.

January 10, 2010 by