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 floats a new Shared Source trial balloon

Microsoft floats a new Shared Source trial balloon

Microsoft traditionally has used its ten-year-old Windows CE platform as a testing ground for source-code code-licensing strategy. On November 1, the company took another step in this arena by making its Windows CE 6.0 kernel available under a new element of Microsoft's Shared Source licensing program.

November 1, 2006 by in Open Source

'Project Max' is now officially closed

'Project Max' is now officially closed

"The Max Project has concluded." With that simple statement, Microsoft's Max team announced that it is done with beta testing Max, its photo-sharing application that was designed to showcase Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).

October 31, 2006 by in Windows

Microsoft introduces a new freebie

Microsoft introduces a new freebie

Slowly but surely, Microsoft is looking to grow its user base by giving away entry-level SKUs of its products. The latest freebie: Office Accounting Express 2007, the new, low-end of its not-so-popular small-business accounting software.

October 29, 2006 by in Microsoft

Will Web 2.0 ultimately kill Windows?

Will Web 2.0 ultimately kill Windows?

Microsoft Co-President of Platforms and Services Jim Allchin shares his thoughts on Windows Live (which, along with Windows and developer tools also falls under his organization); competition with Google and Apple; and why a client-based version of Windows won’t ever completely disappear, regardless of how successful Web services become.

October 29, 2006 by in Windows

What did Microsoft learn from Vista?

What did Microsoft learn from Vista?

Here's Part 1 of my Q&A with Windows chief Jim Allchin, where the outgoing Microsoft veteran talks about what Microsoft learned in developing Windows Vista, and how the company intends to apply some of those lessons with Windows, going forward.

October 27, 2006 by in Windows

Up next: IE 8.0

Up next: IE 8.0

With IE 7 finally out the door, Microsoft has begun sharing some hints about IE 8.0, also known as IE Next. Chris Wilson, the newly minted platform architect for IE, addressed the Ajax Experience crowd this week and presented some of his thinking on what matters for the Web, going forward.

October 25, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

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