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

Ad-funded Microsoft Works pilot starting soon

Microsoft is now ready to talk turkey about the ad-funded version of its home/small-business productivity suite. "Microsoft is initiating a pilot program featuring an ad-funded version of Microsoft Works – Microsoft Works SE 9," officials said in the late afternoon on August 1.

August 1, 2007 by


Works 9.0 to come in both free and paid flavors

Microsoft is still planning to offer a paid version of the next version of its consumer/home-office productivity suite. It will cost $39.95 at retail -- about $10 per copy less than Works 8.0. Still no word from the Softies on the free, ad-funded version of its consumer/home productivity suite that is allegedly in the pipeline.

August 1, 2007 by


Here's the list of fixes in those new Vista fix packs

I linked to an AeroXP post this morning listing hot fixes for Windows Vista provided in two new Knowledge Base postings. A number of those fixes seem like they are the same ones expected to be part of Vista SP1. The AeroXP post is gone now. Poof! So if you wanted the list of what's in there, here it is.

July 30, 2007 by


New Vista fix packs provide updates promised for SP1

Microsoft has rolled out to select testers two new Windows Vista fix packs that deliver many of the same updates expected to be provided by Vista Service Pack (SP) 1. Here's what Microsoft told testers earlier this month to expect in Vista SP1. Compare that to what's in the new Vista fix packs. Very, very similar.

July 29, 2007 by