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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Yahoo layoffs: 'The ultimate poison pill'?

Yahoo layoffs: 'The ultimate poison pill'?

Like RSS pioneer Dave Winer, I wonder what Microsoft thinks of Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang's choice of layoffs? He sure picked some high-profile, strategic folks who Microsoft would, no doubt, love to have added to its ranks as part of its planned Yahoo acquisition.

published February 13, 2008 by

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Office 14 to add more online document sharing

Office 14 to add more online document sharing

Microsoft won't be turning Office 14 into a completely Web-ified productivity suite, a la Google Docs. But it's practically a given that Microsoft will add more online collaboration/sharing capabilities to the individual point products that will comprise the client-based Office 14.

published February 13, 2008 by

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Danger to be Microsoft's entry into consumer-focused phones

Danger to be Microsoft's entry into consumer-focused phones

How does Microsoft intend to take on Apple's iPhone? The Redmond software maker's plan to gain traction in the consumer-focused mobile-phone market hinges heavily on Danger Inc. -- the company that invented the Sidekick and is soon to become part of Microsoft, according to Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's entertainment and devices division.

published February 11, 2008 by

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Microsoft snaps up Danger Inc.

Microsoft snaps up Danger Inc.

Microsoft has bought Danger Inc., the developer of the SideKick. I'm curious how Microsoft will morph Danger's services with its own growing family of Windows Live Mobile services.

published February 11, 2008 by

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What's Microsoft's Plan B?

What's Microsoft's Plan B?

My ZDNet blogging colleague Larry Dignan asks what Yahoo's Plan B will be, now that it reportedly is turning down Microsoft's $44 billion bid because it is too low. But I'm wondering about the flip-side of this equation: What is Microsoft's Plan B if it fails to snag Yahoo?

published February 9, 2008 by

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XP SP3: The test-build parade continues

XP SP3: The test-build parade continues

Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 is done. But Microsoft's other major Windows service pack, Windows XP SP3, continues to wind its way through the testing process. Another new test build of XP SP3 went to 15,000 testers this week.

published February 8, 2008 by

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What is it about Microsoft that Yahoo most hates?

What is it about Microsoft that Yahoo most hates?

Whether or not the final word from the Yahoo board comes down today -- and launches the antitrust-investigation phase of the proposed MicroHoo combination -- my question remains: Why are Yahoo management and many Yahoo employees so dead-set against becoming part of Microsoft?

published February 8, 2008 by

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