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's $235 million PIL is not so bitter

Microsoft announced this week that it is committing $235.5 million to its Partners in Learning (PIL) initiative over the next five years, bringing its total PIL investment to nearly $500 million. What's not in Microsoft's press release is the fact that a a big reason the Redmondians are investing in PIL is because developing nations are making education and job-training programs a requirement for doing business.

January 22, 2008 by


IBM, Google quietly supporting OOXML?

In spite of their public opposition to Microsoft's attempt to get the ISO standardization nod for its Office Open XML (OOXML) document format, IBM and Google quietly are supporting OOXML. That's according to two blog postings from the end of last week by Microsoft execs involved in the OOXML vs. Open Document Format (ODF) standards battle.

January 20, 2008 by


Counting to (Windows) 7

I've gotten lots of questions from Windows users this week about TG Daily's story that Microsoft is running early with Windows 7 and has delivered an early build to unnamed parties outside of the company. Here's what I know and don't.

January 18, 2008 by