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

Reality check: Microsoft isn't waving the white flag

Much of what you are reading about the Microsoft-Novell alliance announced Thursday is overblown. There is no hell freezing over, no snowballs melting and definitely no white flags fluttering over the Microsoft headquarters building. Microsoft is not conceding that desktop Linux is gaining ground. It's not admitting that its closed-source strategy has failed.

November 2, 2006 by


Might Microsoft and Novell make a deal?

Less than a month after the death of long-time Microsoft adversary and Novell founder Ray Noorda, might Microsoft and Novell find common ground? It sounds wild, but it's not impossible. I can think of a few areas where such a partnership would make sense.

November 2, 2006 by

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Microsoft floats a new Shared Source trial balloon

Microsoft traditionally has used its ten-year-old Windows CE platform as a testing ground for source-code code-licensing strategy. On November 1, the company took another step in this arena by making its Windows CE 6.0 kernel available under a new element of Microsoft's Shared Source licensing program.

November 1, 2006 by


'Project Max' is now officially closed

"The Max Project has concluded." With that simple statement, Microsoft's Max team announced that it is done with beta testing Max, its photo-sharing application that was designed to showcase Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).

October 31, 2006 by