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

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


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


Windows Live Platform Services: A guide for the perplexed

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie outlined during his Mix '08 keynote this week a very high-level vision about how Microsoft is moving to be more of a utility-computing/cloud-computing vendor. Ozzie offered no concrete details. But Windows Live Platforms Corporate VP David Treadwell did share this week a few more details on what's Microsoft is attempting to do on the infrastructure side of the house.

March 6, 2008 by


Apple finally acknowledges iPhone's Exchange support

Last June, my sources said that Apple licensed Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol, enabling the iPhone to users connect to Exchange Server and make use of its wireless messaging and synchronization capabilities. But it took until today, March 5, for Apple -- and Microsoft -- to acknowledge this licensing arrangement.

March 6, 2008 by