Mary is a freelance business technology journalist who has written for the likes of ITPro, CIO, ZDNet, TechRepublic, The New Stack, The Register, and many other online titles, as well as national publications like the Guardian and Financial Times. She has also held editor positions at AOL’s online technology channel, PC Plus, IT Expert, and Program Now. In her career spanning more than three decades, the Oxford University-educated journalist has seen and covered the development of the technology industry through many of its most significant stages.
Mary has experience in almost all areas of technology but specialises in all things Microsoft and has written two books on Windows 8. She also has extensive expertise in consumer hardware and cloud services - mobile phones to mainframes. Aside from reporting on the latest technology news and trends, and developing whitepapers for a range of industry clients, Mary also writes short technology mysteries and publishes them through Amazon.
News If you get the new Pearl 3G with 25MB of memory, what are the new business apps you’ll want on it?
News Multi-touch gestures and ‘stunning visual design’ promise a fluid, responsive interface for the next BlackBerry OS by the end of the summer.
Tutorials VDI gives you simplicity at the desktop, but you still have a complex service to manage. ThinkGrid’s hosted desktop service offers a cloud alternative. In this tutorial, Mary Branscombe shows you what you get and how it works.
Reviews In this review of Microsoft's latest operating system, we give our verdict on whether it’s fit for business.
In-depth We lay out a few of the key business IT features in Windows 7 you’ll want to evaluate in the upcoming Release Candidate.
News Pushing its delayed Office 14, Microsoft calls pure cloud apps are ‘hogwash’, and says SharePoint will drive business use of Office.
News Microsoft unveils new low-cost version of Windows Server for small business server systems.
Tutorials As the Internet Explorer 8 release candidate becomes available to download Mary Branscombe looks at what your users are going to be making support calls about, from rich search results to anonymous browsing.
In-depth While some information is old in minutes, there’s plenty of information in your organisation you need to keep for many years. Take action now, or older file formats could be unreadable.
In-depth We explain why you can’t always get the best search results for your business from Google.
News Microsoft tries to convince hardware partners that Windows 7 will ship on time and asks for more focus on hardware and software reliability.
In-depth Plan ahead for Internet Explorer 8 so you can take advantage of the security and deployment features – and update your web sites and applications to support the new standards.
In-depth The director of HP Labs is looking to sharpen the focus of his researchers in the hopes of creating products, not just papers.
In-depth Between the credit crunch, the consumerisation of IT and the rise of cloud services, the role of the IT department is going to change.
In-depth The two top executives at RIM discuss smartphones, the competition posed by netbooks and the future of the BlackBerry.
News Intel promises “screaming performance” and energy efficiency at the same time with Nehalem
Tutorials Simplify remote support by seeing and controlling the PC you’re trying to fix with Netviewer one2one - Mary Branscombe shows you how to speed through a session.
Tutorials If you want remote access to your PC then you'll want to check out GoToMyPC PocketView for Windows Mobile.
In-depth You’re ready to tackle the IT challenges of the next year, but what’s going to happen in the longer term? What will the IT world of 2015 mean to you?