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.
In-depth Is high-definition video conferencing finally good enough to make up for not meeting in person?
In-depth The take-up of smartphones are in the mass market means enterprises are having to cope with everything from 3G cards to Sidekicks.
In-depth Google famously builds its own servers out of commodity PCs and custom-designed power supplies - could its strategy be right for your data centre too?
News New approach to security management based on information risk management gives IT more opportunity to add value to the business.
Reviews RIM adds extra radios in the form of either GPS or Wi-Fi (but not both) to the businesslike Curve and manages to make them more useful without losing the trademark excellent battery life.
In-depth In the wake of the HM Revenue and Customs data loss debacle, IT PRO sat down with security expert Jon Callas, chief technology officer of security vendor PGP to discuss some of the issues , along with potential solutions to stop this happening again.
News Outlook + Services will provide blueprints to make connected Outlook add-ins easier to make and deploy.
In-depth WiMAX will be an option on Menlow UMPC systems and Montevina Centrino notebooks next year and Intel is investing with KDDI in a bid to roll out WiMAX in Japan. IT PRO asked Sriram Viswanathan, the general manager of the WiMAX programme office at Intel - who's also the managing director of Intel Capital - what progress Intel has made on the prediction that 2008 will be the year of WiMAX.
In-depth The true mobile internet needs a PC, however small, but it might not be running Windows.
In-depth Intel will bring 45nm to the enterprise first, but applications will need to be multi-threaded to take full advantage of the architecture. Mary Branscombe gives us the lowdown on 45nm.
News HP launches new iPAQs, desktops, notebooks and solid state drives aimed at business users.
In-depth IT PRO talked to the chief operating officer of PC maker Lenovo about the company's plans and products, and how she balances the Chinese and American sides of the company.
In-depth For all the talk of 4G services like WiMAX and long term evolution (LTE), the first services we see in the 2.5GHz spectrum in the UK may be based on the current 3G standards. New radio technologies offer higher bandwidth and better cost efficiency but business models will dictate what's on offer and how much it will cost.
In-depth Cycling event the Tour de France is a marvel of modern technology. IT PRO takes a look at the infrastructure behind this year's race and how the technical team enabled the media and crowds to broadcast and communicate.
Tutorials Want to have access to your files, applications and intranet services without carrying a laptop? We show you how you can do it step-by-step.
In-depth IT PRO spoke to one of the founders of RIM about the success of BlackBerry, the next level of integration with enterprise systems, rivalry and co-operation with Microsoft - and the truth about the recent outage.