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.
Opinion When the entire Java ecosystem is a first class system on Microsoft’s cloud, you know the language is sticking around...
Analysis Satya Nadella’s big vision for Microsoft is around intelligent conversations with machines
In-depth Microsoft offers Visual Studio for free as well as announcing other key developments
Reviews An unlimited storage array offering cloud that looks like a SAN and is firmly in the infrastructure camp
Best From the computer to the World Wide Web, the iPod to the typewriter, a lot of modern technology started out in the UK
In-depth Following the release of the Lumia 800, Nokia has been reborn. We chat with the mobile giant's UK MD about how the company is turning things around.
News Working with the new BlackBerry Server, BBX will secure enterprise data and provision enterprise apps without blocking consumer apps.
News QNX, Android, HTML5, WebGL, Flash and open source: BBX-OS promises to support almost everything mobile except BlackBerry.
Reviews Microsoft has unveiled Windows Server 8 - but is there more to this upcoming server operating system than just the new Metro user interface? Mary Branscombe finds out in our sneak peek.
News The next version of Windows Server commoditises storage and network hardware, whilst taking the fight to VMware.
Reviews Windows 8 aims to combine a touchscreen Windows Phone 7-style interface with a traditional full-power desktop. Mary Branscombe gets hands on to see if it’s a winning combination.
Vs Mary Branscombe compares the enterprise versions of both and her conclusions may surprise you...
News Microsoft has taken the wraps off the latest version of its cloud-based PC management service, Windows InTune.
News 'BingBerry' is a sensible response to Google because Bing and RIM share more than an enemy.
Reviews Hardware-accelerated graphics and browsing come to the thinnest ever BlackBerry in the new touchscreen Bold, in addition to greater control over the security of business data. We find out whether the Bold 9900 lives up to its claims in this first look review...
In-depth You’re already paying for biometrics in business laptops, so is it time for your business to start using them?
Reviews Managing and protecting an office full of PCs doesn't necessarily entail the complications of Active Directory or domain joined accounts as Mary Branscombe discovers.
First look We take a look at the latest preview release of IE9 to see if it really is faster and more standards-compliant than other web browsers.
News IE9 gains Canvas and HTML 5 video in platform preview 3, improves Acid 3 and SunSpider scores.
Reviews We take a look at Toshiba's dual screen Libretto W100 to see what all the fuss is about.
Reviews It was only unveiled yesterday, but we take a quick first look at the Toshiba AC100 to see what it brings to the table.