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 preps Windows-based kitchen client

Microsoft is beginning work on the first of what it plans to make a family of customized Windows platforms designed for specific rooms around the home. The "Kitchen Client" software will extend the Windows operating system and integrate with current and future Windows Live services, according to sources close to the company.

June 5, 2007 by


Microsoft readies new managed services

Did you know Microsoft has a bunch of communication and collaboration services that it is hosting itself on its price list already? Plus, there are some new managed services in the near-term pipeline about which Microsoft hasn't gone public.

June 4, 2007 by


Windows Server 2008 Core gets a new role

Windows Server 2008, when it ships later this year, will include an installation option called "Server Core" that allows admins to set up a minimal environment to run a handful of roles. At TechEd 2007 here in Orlando, Microsoft announced that it will be adding yet another admin-selectable role option to Server Core: Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7), Microsoft's Web server.

June 4, 2007 by


Microsoft's cool naming trend is over

It was a short but good run: Silverlight, Popfly, Surface. But it's over. At TechEd 2007, Microsoft officials announced the final names of "Katmai," the next version of its SQL Server database, and "Orcas," the forthcoming Visual Studio release. It's back to business....

June 3, 2007 by

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Is Microsoft becoming a hardware vendor?

At least for the foreseeable future, Microsoft will be building the software, services and the hardware that will make the first Surface coffee tables and kiosks tick. Does this signal that Microsoft is looking to be not just a software company, but a hardware one, as well?

May 31, 2007 by