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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Microsoft grows its Office Live family

Microsoft grows its Office Live family

It's been a while since the Office Live team has made any public announcements. But behind the scenes, the unit is expanding its stable of offerings to include a number of Microsoft managed services that curretly aren't thought of as "Office Live."

June 20, 2007 by in Microsoft

Microsoft to address Google search complaint in Vista SP1

Microsoft to address Google search complaint in Vista SP1

Microsoft is making changes to Windows Vista in response to a Google complaint that claimed Vista's integrated desktop search is harming the performance of Google Desktop and hampering customer choice. Microsoft plans to incorporate some of the search-related changes in Vista Service Pack 1, which the company is finally admitting will be out in beta form before the end of 2007.

June 19, 2007 by in Google

Microsoft to alter Vista to address Google complaint?

Microsoft to alter Vista to address Google complaint?

If new news reports are right and Microsoft is caving to a Google claim regarding antitrust concerns over the desktop search integrated into Vista, I'll be interested to see how the Redmondians will alter a feature that's already shipped with the more than 40 million copies of the latest version of Windows.

June 19, 2007 by in Windows

SharePoint: Microsoft's Web 2.0 hub

SharePoint: Microsoft's Web 2.0 hub

To Microsoft's Office team, Web 2.0 does not mean a Web-centric version of Microsoft Office, a la Google Apps. It does mean add-ons to SharePoint Server, Microsoft's back-end bundle of server applications (Or Microsoft's "social computing platform," as Microsoft also seemingly is referring to SharePoint these days.)

June 18, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Windows Fiji: Now second half of 2008?

Windows Fiji: Now second half of 2008?

Because Microsoft won't comment officially on "Fiji," the expected, standalone update to Windows Media Center, it's tough to confirm a date slip. But one Most Valuable Professional who's in a good position to know is now predicting Fiji won't ship until the latter half of 2008, instead of year-end 2007.

June 18, 2007 by in Microsoft

Microsoft headed for a services show-down with its hosting partners

Microsoft headed for a services show-down with its hosting partners

During the past couple of weeks, Microsoft officials have started touting publicly the handful of hosted managed services that Microsoft is selling directly to customers. But what does Microsoft's managed-services plan mean to companies that have built businesses around selling hosted Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and other wares for the past few years?

June 18, 2007 by in Microsoft

Vista Ultimate users want their value-add

Vista Ultimate users want their value-add

There's new discontent in Vista power-user land. Those who purchased the high-end Vista Ultimate SKU want to know when they're going to get more of the promised value-added features that were supposedly part of the Ultimate package.

June 14, 2007 by in Windows

Linspire joins the Microsoft 'IP protection' racket

Linspire joins the Microsoft 'IP protection' racket

Beyond giving Microsoft more fuel for its claim that Linux and open-source software violates 235 of Microsoft's patents (which these Linux customers need patent-infringement protection against in order to maintain peace of mind), Linspire's newly inked patent-deal with Microsoft also furthers a number of other Microsoft goals.

June 14, 2007 by in Linux

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