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

Microsoft unveils new proposed advertising metric and tool

Last year, after Microsoft bought aQuantive (and after it lost its first alleged bid for Yahoo), Microsoft officials were hot to explain why Web search results should not be viewed as the only or best way to measure online-advertising success. On February 25, Microsoft offered new details on how it plans to make online ad campaigns more trackable.

February 25, 2008 by


Microhoo: Lots of questions and still no new answers

In an e-mail sent to Microsoft employees on February 22, Microsoft Platforms & Services President Kevin Johnson reiterated to Microsoft's employees why Microsoft is continuing to pursue its goal of buying Yahoo.The e-mail was not triggered by any new developments, a Microsoft spokeswoman said.

February 22, 2008 by


Vista SP1: The hits just keep coming

Amid reports by some users of endless-loop reboots and less-than-impressive performance gains with Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1, now there's a new SP1 gotcha: Microsoft accidentally released SP1 to some users via Windows Update this week.

February 22, 2008 by


Reading the fine print on Microsoft's new open-source promises

Microsoft's much-balleyhooed promise, unveiled February 21, not to sue open source developers solely applies to developers who are using Microsoft's patented protocols and interfaces in non-commercial ways. In other words, Microsoft isn't throwing in the towel in its quest to get Red Hat and other Linux vendors to sign patent-protection agreements.

February 21, 2008 by