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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European Commission vs. Microsoft: Who is being unreasonable?

European Commission vs. Microsoft: Who is being unreasonable?

Now we know another reason Microsoft rolled out with great fanfare last week its interoperability principles. Not only was it hoping for one more chance to claim openness around its Office Open XML document format, but it was also hoping to head off another hefty antitrust fine from the European Commission.

published February 26, 2008 by

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Microsoft courts open-source vendors to support Win Server 2008

Microsoft courts open-source vendors to support Win Server 2008

On February 27, when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer launches Windows Server 2008 in Los Angeles, open-source vendors won't be on stage as part of the supporting cast. That doesn't mean, however, that Microsoft is simply assuming that if the company builds a new back-end infrastructure, these newfound friends will automatically show up.

published February 26, 2008 by

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Microsoft: The desktop PC isn't dead

Microsoft: The desktop PC isn't dead

The desktop PC is not dead; it's in the midst of a five- to ten-year-long makeover. So says Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie, who presented on February 26 to attendees of the Goldman Sachs Tech Investment Symposium.

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Microsoft: Windows Live outage affected those not signed with Live ID

Microsoft: Windows Live outage affected those not signed with Live ID

A widespread, international outage on February 26 affecting users of a number of Microsoft's Windows Live services affected those not already logged into Microsoft's Web services via Live ID, according to Microsoft. But exactly why so many of its services were inaccessible for most of Tuesday is still not something Microsoft is discussing.

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Server 2008: The Windows Workstation we always wanted

Server 2008: The Windows Workstation we always wanted

Guest blogger Jason Perlow makes a case for Microsoft releasing Windows Server 2008 as a workstation SKU. Perlow says that Server 2008 is so solid that it shouldn’t be stuck in the datacenter. Would you buy a Windows Server 2008 Workstation product if one existed?

published February 25, 2008 by

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Microsoft unveils new proposed advertising metric and tool

Microsoft unveils new proposed advertising metric and tool

Last year, after Microsoft bought aQuantive (and after it lost its first alleged bid for Yahoo), Microsoft officials were hot to explain why Web search results should not be viewed as the only or best way to measure online-advertising success. On February 25, Microsoft offered new details on how it plans to make online ad campaigns more trackable.

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OOXML vs. ODF: What's happening this week

OOXML vs. ODF: What's happening this week

From February 25 to 29 in Geneva, the next step in the seemingly never-ending show-down over whether Microsoft's Office Open XML document format should be granted ISO standard status is taking place. Here's what to expect.

published February 24, 2008 by

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