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

Can Vista SP1 help polish Vista's tarnished image?

Rather than continuing downplay the fact that Vista SP1 is in testing and won't really matter (to many corporate users, it does and will), why not tout SP1 as the rock-solid release that Vista could and should have been a year ago? That's one way Microsoft could polish up Vista's rapidly tarnishing image.

August 21, 2007 by


Partnering and competing with Microsoft: There's nothing new under the sun

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Cisco CEO John Chambers are meeting later today a handful of CIOs who have both Cisco and Microsoft products installed. They'll listen to a litany of complaints, no doubt, about how hard it still is to get Cisco and Microsoft deliverables to interoperate. Is there anything new under the sun? No -- not in terms of customers wanting vendors to make their lives easier, nor in terms of vendors promising customers the moon.

August 20, 2007 by

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Live from New York: It's the Ballmer-Chambers show

Microsoft and Cisco are both partners and competitors. But they aren't going to let a little competition get in the way of doing what's right for customers. Yawn. Heard that before. And we're all about to hear it again on Monday during a CEO dog-and-pony show with Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and Cisco's John Chambers.

August 20, 2007 by


A (Microsoft) Code Name a Day: Warsaw

Today's Microsoft codename of the day is "Warsaw," which is yet another of Microsoft's unified-communications components. Microsoft is looking to build out its line of unified communications products as both an enterprise and as a developer platform.

August 19, 2007 by