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 readies new managed services

Microsoft readies new managed services

Did you know Microsoft has a bunch of communication and collaboration services that it is hosting itself on its price list already? Plus, there are some new managed services in the near-term pipeline about which Microsoft hasn't gone public.

June 4, 2007 by in Microsoft

Windows Server 2008 Core gets a new role

Windows Server 2008 Core gets a new role

Windows Server 2008, when it ships later this year, will include an installation option called "Server Core" that allows admins to set up a minimal environment to run a handful of roles. At TechEd 2007 here in Orlando, Microsoft announced that it will be adding yet another admin-selectable role option to Server Core: Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7), Microsoft's Web server.

June 4, 2007 by in Servers

Microsoft's cool naming trend is over

Microsoft's cool naming trend is over

It was a short but good run: Silverlight, Popfly, Surface. But it's over. At TechEd 2007, Microsoft officials announced the final names of "Katmai," the next version of its SQL Server database, and "Orcas," the forthcoming Visual Studio release. It's back to business....

June 3, 2007 by in Microsoft

What will many cores mean to future Windows releases?

What will many cores mean to future Windows releases?

Windows and existing Microsoft programming languages work just fine with one- to four-processor PCs. But when 8- 16 and 64-core client machines become the norm -- in the not-so-distant future -- will Windows, C#, Visual Basic and other Microsoft applications be able to keep up?

May 31, 2007 by in Windows

Is Microsoft becoming a hardware vendor?

Is Microsoft becoming a hardware vendor?

At least for the foreseeable future, Microsoft will be building the software, services and the hardware that will make the first Surface coffee tables and kiosks tick. Does this signal that Microsoft is looking to be not just a software company, but a hardware one, as well?

May 31, 2007 by in Microsoft

There's more than one way to reload Longhorn

There's more than one way to reload Longhorn

The folks over at Joejoe.org aren't the only ones with "Longhorn" nostalgia. Enthusiasts over at the AeroXperience.org site also are looking to bring back Longhorn, a k a, the precursor to the Windows Vista release that Microsoft launched in January 2007.

May 28, 2007 by in Windows

Novell publishes details on its Microsoft patent deal

Novell publishes details on its Microsoft patent deal

Novell has posted to the Securites and Exchange Commission (SEC) Web site redacted versions of the company's patent, business and technology agreements with Microsoft, which it signed in November 2006. Anything juicy make it past the "redcated due to confidentialty" edits?

May 26, 2007 by in Legal

OzzieSoft?

OzzieSoft?

Wonder if the term "OzzieSoft" -- a k a, the world of Microsoft, according to Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie -- is going to take off?

May 24, 2007 by in Microsoft

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