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

Yankee Group: Novell gaining (with Microsoft's help) at Red Hat's expense

Whatever the reasons behind the formation of the Microsoft-Novell technology partnership announced last year, it's helping Novell SuSE Linux gain at Red Hat's expense, according to a research study due out next month from the Yankee Group. Meanwhile, "about 12 percent of Windows users surveyed by Yankee who had "defected" to Linux are now reversing their decisions and coming back to the Microsoft fold," Yankee found.

March 25, 2007 by


Surprise: Microsoft's DSI is not dead

Microsoft is going to try to resuscitate its Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) in the coming weeks/months, starting with the March 22 announcement that Microsoft and a handful of systems-management partners -- and competitors -- are submitting the XML-based Service Modeling Language (SML) to the W3C for standardization.

March 22, 2007 by


Microsoft tries to stamp out Windows 'Fiji'references

In the new Windows regime, all references to Windows futures seem to be verboten. After I linked to Windows Media Center Product Manager Charlie Owen's post about Microsoft's release plans for the next version of Media Center (code-named "Fiji,"), Owen pulled his post and deleted from his blog all references to "Fiji."

March 21, 2007 by


Microsoft continues to fine-tune Vista licensing

Microsoft is offering users who purchase one Vista license -- full or upgrade, purchased either at retail or via a PC-preload deal -- the right to buy multiple additional copies at 10 percent off retail price per copy. At its heart, the promo is just as much, if not more, about fighting piracy as it is about spurring Vista sales.

March 21, 2007 by