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: Windows Vista sales rate double that of XP

Microsoft: Windows Vista sales rate double that of XP

On March 26, Microsoft said it has sold in excess of 20 million licenses in the first month of Vista's general availability, which it said was double the pace of its initial XP sales. So what was that whole "Steve Ballmer warns Wall Street away from too-rosy Vista predictions" all about?

March 26, 2007 by in Windows

Yankee Group: Novell gaining (with Microsoft's help) at Red Hat's expense

Yankee Group: Novell gaining (with Microsoft's help) at Red Hat's expense

Whatever the reasons behind the formation of the Microsoft-Novell technology partnership announced last year, it's helping Novell SuSE Linux gain at Red Hat's expense, according to a research study due out next month from the Yankee Group. Meanwhile, "about 12 percent of Windows users surveyed by Yankee who had "defected" to Linux are now reversing their decisions and coming back to the Microsoft fold," Yankee found.

March 25, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Surprise: Microsoft's DSI is not dead

Surprise: Microsoft's DSI is not dead

Microsoft is going to try to resuscitate its Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) in the coming weeks/months, starting with the March 22 announcement that Microsoft and a handful of systems-management partners -- and competitors -- are submitting the XML-based Service Modeling Language (SML) to the W3C for standardization.

March 22, 2007 by in Microsoft

Microsoft picks its own Dynamics ERP chief to run search

Microsoft picks its own Dynamics ERP chief to run search

The guessing games are over. On March 21, Microsoft announced that the company appointed a new search chief. And to the surprise of many company watchers, the company picked its former Dynamics ERP leader, Satya Nadella, to head up the newly created Search and Ad Platform group at the company.

March 21, 2007 by in Microsoft

Microsoft tries to stamp out Windows 'Fiji'references

Microsoft tries to stamp out Windows 'Fiji'references

In the new Windows regime, all references to Windows futures seem to be verboten. After I linked to Windows Media Center Product Manager Charlie Owen's post about Microsoft's release plans for the next version of Media Center (code-named "Fiji,"), Owen pulled his post and deleted from his blog all references to "Fiji."

March 21, 2007 by in Windows

Microsoft continues to fine-tune Vista licensing

Microsoft continues to fine-tune Vista licensing

Microsoft is offering users who purchase one Vista license -- full or upgrade, purchased either at retail or via a PC-preload deal -- the right to buy multiple additional copies at 10 percent off retail price per copy. At its heart, the promo is just as much, if not more, about fighting piracy as it is about spurring Vista sales.

March 21, 2007 by in Windows

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