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

No update from Microsoft on Vista SP1, Media Center problems

Following reports of installation problems by some users attempting to deploy the final version of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1, Microsoft is still not saying much. It's not clear how many users are affected by either the endless-reboot-loop glitch or the Vista SP1 prerequisite-update issues that users are reporting. And there's still no word on how or when Microsoft plans to address these problems.

February 18, 2008 by


Microsoft keeps the Live fires burning

Microsoft isn't sitting around waiting for its Yahoo acquisition to get the nod. It is continuing to roll out new Windows Live and Live Search technologies and programs. Here are just a few of the Live-related announcements from the past few days that caught my eye.

February 18, 2008 by


Don't cry for the open-source heroes

I don't think anyone will be shedding any tears over Microsoft's open-source heroes promotion -- except possibly for true open-source zealots who still hate the idea that Microsoft is managing to convince some open-source vendors to port their wares to Windows.

February 15, 2008 by


Microsoft's Core Search VP now findable

As of this week, Microsoft has finally put Brian MacDonald on the page. MacDonald, the corporate vice president of Core Search Program Management, is the former manager of Microsoft's stealth NetDocs project (not that his new bio on Microsoft's Web site mentions that fact.)

February 14, 2008 by


Microsoft reorg: Who's in; who's out

On February 14, Microsoft announced a corporate reorganization affecting many of its divisions.As with any Microsoft early-year reorg -- which typically occur after the company's fiscal mid-year reviews -- there are winners and losers. Check out my slideshow of who's in and who's out as a result of today's changes.

February 14, 2008 by