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 fills in its System Center roadmap

Microsoft fills in its System Center roadmap

Until a couple of years ago, Microsoft's systems-management line-up consisted of two main products: Systems Management Server and Microsoft Operations Manager. Now there's a whole pile of System Center offerings on the books, all of which are considered part of Microsoft's Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) deliverables.

March 28, 2007 by in Microsoft

Microsoft offers Wall Street more details on Vista sales

Microsoft offers Wall Street more details on Vista sales

During a Merrill Lynch-hosted conference call for Wall Street analysts, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows Client Marketing Mike Sievert spent an hour answering follow-up questions and sharing additional data points regarding Vista sales trends. Here are some of the highs and lows from Sievert's remarks.

March 27, 2007 by in Windows

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

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