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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 ThinkWeeks a thing of the past?

Microsoft ThinkWeeks a thing of the past?

A recent posting on the anonymous blogger Mini-Microsoft's site -- claiming that Microsoft management finally has decided to pull the plug the Think Week information-gathering process -- has spurred more than a few tips and questions in my inbox as of late.

February 11, 2009 by in CXO

Moonlight 1.0 is ready for download

Moonlight 1.0 is ready for download

Moonlight, the open-source implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight, has hit the 1.0 milestone. In a February 11 posting to his blog, Novell Developer Platform Vice President and Mono Founder Miguel de Icaza announced the news

February 11, 2009 by in Processors

Vista or Windows 7? Just get rid of XP, Microsoft tells users

Vista or Windows 7? Just get rid of XP, Microsoft tells users

Microsoft's latest Windows deployment guidance for business users has morphed from the overly simplistic "Don't wait for Windows 7." The new corporate advice is more nuanced and more dependent on where users are currently in their deployment cycles. But the bottom-line message is whether you decide to go with Vista or wait for Windows 7 is less important than getting off Windows XP.

February 11, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Microsoft Big Brains: Patrick Dussud

Microsoft Big Brains: Patrick Dussud

I'm slowly but surely working my way through my series of profiles of Microsoft's Technical Fellows. Number 8, Patrick Dussud, is one of the lower profile folks on the list, but is working on new developments key to the future of Windows and .Net.

February 11, 2009 by in Microsoft

A Microsoft smartphone: No. A Microsoft phone chassis: Yes

A Microsoft smartphone: No. A Microsoft phone chassis: Yes

Microsoft is not going to introduce a Microsoft-branded phone at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona later this month. Not a Microsoft-branded Zune phone. Not any kind of Microsoft-branded phone. Period. So why -- in spite of continued and repeated denials by Microsoft -- do reports continue to surface that Microsoft is going to deliver a smartphone?

February 5, 2009 by in Smartphones

Windows 7 chiefs: We messed up

Windows 7 chiefs: We messed up

Late in the day on Thursday, February 5, Microsoft's top Windows brass made a second posting to the Engineering Windows 7 blog that showed they are, in fact, going to make changes to Windows 7 that will make the UAC prompts both more useful and more secure.

February 5, 2009 by in Microsoft

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