Mary Jo Foley

Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Send her an email with your rants, rumors, tips and tattles. Confidentiality guaranteed.

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Office for Mac 2008 delayed until next year

Office for Mac 2008 delayed until next year

The next version of Microsoft Office for Mac won't hit in the latter half of 2007, as originally expected, according to Microsoft. The new ship target for Office for Mac 2008 is January 2008. That also means the promised Open XML file-format converters for the Mac are pushed back, as well, given Microsoft's original converter timetable.

August 1, 2007 by in Microsoft

Ad-funded Microsoft Works pilot starting soon

Ad-funded Microsoft Works pilot starting soon

Microsoft is now ready to talk turkey about the ad-funded version of its home/small-business productivity suite. "Microsoft is initiating a pilot program featuring an ad-funded version of Microsoft Works – Microsoft Works SE 9," officials said in the late afternoon on August 1.

August 1, 2007 by in Microsoft

Works 9.0 to come in both free and paid flavors

Works 9.0 to come in both free and paid flavors

Microsoft is still planning to offer a paid version of the next version of its consumer/home-office productivity suite. It will cost $39.95 at retail -- about $10 per copy less than Works 8.0. Still no word from the Softies on the free, ad-funded version of its consumer/home productivity suite that is allegedly in the pipeline.

August 1, 2007 by in Microsoft

What's next on Microsoft's search agenda?

What's next on Microsoft's search agenda?

It's been three months since Satya Nadella took over as Corporate Vice President in charge of Microsoft's Search & Advertising Platform Group. Nadella shared what's coming next from Microsoft, starting with the fall Live Search update.

July 31, 2007 by in Google

What will next-generation multicore apps look like?

What will next-generation multicore apps look like?

Microsoft has started thinking through what apps might look like in five-plus years. And Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer, last week started articulating publicly -- albeit at a very high level -- some of the things Microsoft is mulling in the area of multicore applications.

July 30, 2007 by in Microsoft

Here's the list of fixes in those new Vista fix packs

Here's the list of fixes in those new Vista fix packs

I linked to an AeroXP post this morning listing hot fixes for Windows Vista provided in two new Knowledge Base postings. A number of those fixes seem like they are the same ones expected to be part of Vista SP1. The AeroXP post is gone now. Poof! So if you wanted the list of what's in there, here it is.

July 30, 2007 by in Hardware

Microsoft Works to become a free, ad-funded product

Microsoft Works to become a free, ad-funded product

Microsoft's next version of its small-business/home productivity suite, due imminently, will be free and ad-funded. Microsoft Works 9.0 -- which will be the new product's name, if Microsoft opts to stick with its current nomenclature -- still isn't a subscription service. Yet....

July 30, 2007 by in Microsoft

New Vista fix packs provide updates promised for SP1

New Vista fix packs provide updates promised for SP1

Microsoft has rolled out to select testers two new Windows Vista fix packs that deliver many of the same updates expected to be provided by Vista Service Pack (SP) 1. Here's what Microsoft told testers earlier this month to expect in Vista SP1. Compare that to what's in the new Vista fix packs. Very, very similar.

July 29, 2007 by in Windows

Ozzie spells out the Live platform layers

Ozzie spells out the Live platform layers

Last year at Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie provided a very high-level (and tough-to-follow) outline of what Microsoft's Live platform was going to look like. This year, Ozzie abandoned the 50,000-foot view in favor of a, perhaps, 25,000-foot view.

July 26, 2007 by in Microsoft

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