abstract: Central in toric geometry and topology are several important spaces which include moment-angle complexes, the Davis-Januszkiewicz space and toric manifolds. In any complex-oriented cohomology theory, the cohomology rings of many of these spaces have elegant descriptions in terms of the underlying combinatorics. For KO-theory however the situation is more complex. Even so, a surprising amount of the structure does survive from the complex-oriented case. A report of recent joint work with:Luis Astey, Martin Bendersky, Fred Cohen, Don Davis, Sam Gitler, Mark Mahowald, Nigel Ray and Reg Wood.