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

New roles for old Softies, as Microsoft-aQuantive dust settles

As usual, there's more to a Microsoft restructuring than meets the eye. Now that Microsoft's $6 billion purchase of ad powerhouse aQuantive has received the official nod from aQuantive's shareholders, Microsoft is beginning the long process of melding the two companies. A few old Softies are getting new job assignments as part of the process.

August 13, 2007 by


Can Microsoft get its $12 million back from SCO?

Microsoft spent an estimated $12 million back in 2003 to "protect" itself against potential violations to the Unix copyright, which SCO claimed it owned. Wonder if the Redmondians are going to try to get their money back, now that a judge has ruled that SCO's claims are invalid....

August 13, 2007 by


Vista SP1: The first reviews are in

Build No. 6001.16549 of Vista Service Pack 1 -- which Microsoft now is confirming as one of the "early, pre-beta test builds that were made available to a select group of testers" -- has made its way onto torrents all over the Web over the past few days. The first reviews are starting to come in.

August 13, 2007 by


A (Microsoft) Code Name a Day: Avalanche

A few years back, there was much to-do over Microsoft developing what was described as a "BitTorrent killer." That technology, code-named "Avalanche," is finally out in pre-beta form. You can read more about Avalanche in today's "Microsoft Code Name of the Day" post.

August 10, 2007 by