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).

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Microsoft resets its search targets

Until this week, Microsoft officials presented an unambiguous position on search: Microsoft is No. 3, but it would keep trying and trying until it unseated Google. But starting this week, various Microsoft brass began spreading some very different messages about Microsoft's search ambitions.

September 27, 2007 by

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Excel 2007 is math-challenged

Microsoft is working to fix a bug in Excel 2007 and Excel Services 2007 that involves calculations numbers around 65,535. Microsoft is blaming the bug on the function in it that takes the value and formats it to be displayed on the screen, not on Excel's calculation engine itself.

September 26, 2007 by

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Coming Soon: Microsoft 2.0 the book

I am writing a book about -- you guessed it -- Microsoft. It will be published in the Spring of 2008 by John Wiley & Sons. The title: Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post-Gates Era. And I'm still looking for more fodder, in case you have any insights to share (confidentially or not).

September 26, 2007 by

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Odd bedfellows: Facebook and Windows Live Spaces

In all the coverage of Microsoft allegedly pushing for a five percent stake in Facebook, there has been next-to-no mentions of Microsoft's own social-networking platform, Windows Live Spaces. Why is Microsoft downplaying its own offering, which seemingly has a strong and loyal user base, at least outside of the U.S.?

September 25, 2007 by

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Microsoft pushes out first Windows Home Server update

On September 25, Microsoft is releasing publicly to customers its first update for Windows Home Server (WHS). Microsoft already delivered the WHS update to Hewlett-Packard and its other OEM partners. Now it is pushing it out via WIndows Update to the relatively small number of customers who already have WHS systems.

September 25, 2007 by

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Windows Server 2008 RC0, Vista SP1: Back together again

Microsoft announced on September 24 that it is ready to release to testers both Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate (RC) 0 and Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 beta. Vista SP1 is going out to 12,000 pre-selected testers. Windows Server 2008 RC0 is going to be broadly available for download within the next 24 hours.

September 24, 2007 by

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