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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Will IE 8 break the Web?

Will IE 8 break the Web?

Right up until Microsoft decided to go whole-hog and -- as many developers and customers wanted -- by making "super-standards" mode the Internet Explorer (IE) 8 default, Microsoft officials claimed that going the full-fledged standards route would "break the Web." So what, if anything, changed, making Microsoft willing to take that risk?

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Windows Home Server users want their Power Pack 1

Windows Home Server users want their Power Pack 1

Should the Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 release be held up until the nasty corruption bug fix is released? Microsoft officials asked their customers this week whether its current Power Pack 1 delay plan was a good one. And so far, customers are saying it is not.

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New Silverlight 2 extension adds support for dynamic languages

New Silverlight 2 extension adds support for dynamic languages

At Mix '07, Microsoft promised it would add dynamic-language support to Silverlight. As of this year's Mix '08 conference, it has done so. The way Microsoft is delivering support for Ruby, Python and other dynamic languages with its Adobe-Flash competitor is via a Silverlight add-on called Dynamic Silverlight (DSL).

published March 10, 2008 by

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This is why I'll always remain a Microsoft skeptic

This is why I'll always remain a Microsoft skeptic

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie may profess that the company's top priorities are transparency, standards and interoperability. But regardless of these kinds of pronouncements, the Softies seem to believe that insisting their actions are altruistic and customer-motivated -- even when they are really motivated by lawsuit threats and other, less-palatable reasons -- will fool its constituencies.

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Untangling the Microsoft mesh

Untangling the Microsoft mesh

"Mesh" was Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's word of the day last week at Microsoft's Mix '08 conference. Ozzie waxed prolific on "social mesh," "device mesh," "seamless mesh" and more. But what are the technological underpinnings that will allow users and developers to bring everything together?

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Vista Ultimate team releases new discounts, but no new freebies (yet)

Vista Ultimate team releases new discounts, but no new freebies (yet)

Microsoft has caught hell -- as it deserved to -- for failing to deliver in a timely manner the Ultimate Extras it promised purchasers of its high-end Vista Ultimate Extra SKU. Last week, the company launched a new Web site, UltimatePC.com, promising to deliver new "Ultimate Exclusives." Extras and Exclusives are not the same thing, though....

published March 9, 2008 by

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