Mary Jo Foley

Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

Latest Posts

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?

March 12, 2008 by

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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.

March 10, 2008 by

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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?

March 10, 2008 by

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