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

GPLv3 the impetus for Microsoft's latest Linux attack campaign

With one stroke, Microsoft has ended any illusion that it planned to try to build bridges with the open-source community. And it appears the primary reason for Microsoft's decision to go back on the public attack against Linux and other open-source software is the looming Version 3 of the Free Software Foundation's General Public License (GPL).

May 13, 2007 by


Microsoft tees up LiveDrive hosted-storage service

For more than two years, there've been tips circulating that Microsoft was readying an online storage service, code-named LiveDrive. Finally, the service part of the offering -- which looks like it will be named Windows Live Folders -- is about to go to beta, according to the LiveSide.Net.

May 12, 2007 by


Microsoft keeps the Open XML fires burning

Microsoft launched a new community Web site on May 8, called, another venue for Microsoft to back its claim that developers and users just can't get enough of Open XML, the new file format that the company has baked into Office 2007.

May 9, 2007 by


Could Microsoft take a community lesson from Sun?

Microsoft talks a lot about community and wanting to foster/tap into it. But there really is no single, cohesive "Microsoft community," akin to the Linux community. Sun has some new ideas (the crux of which seems to be something code-named 'Project Indiana") about how it can tap into the power of the Linux community. Could Microsoft apply those lessons to its own community-development work?

May 9, 2007 by