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An update on so-called dotless domains on the Internet
A couple of months ago I wrote here about the challenges with so-called "dotless" domains (e.g. http://microsoft instead of the common http://www.microsoft.com ). Such shortcuts may seem harmless at first glance, but they raise many more issues than might be solved when it comes to completing...
15 Jul 2013
The time has come to move on… to Windows 7 (especially if you're still on Windows XP)
It's time to make a move away from Windows… Windows XP that is. As Rich Reynolds noted in his post on the Windows team blog commemorating Windows XP this week… "We’ve been talking a lot about the anniversary of Windows XP and how much technology and business have changed...
27 Oct 2011
Announcement: Microsoft webcasts on DST changes in Russia: Oct 3rd & 6th
We're doing another series of webcasts next week to help customers and organizations preparing for daylight saving time, particularly the new changes in Russia this year. This is part of our "step-by-step" program on making the DST transition. Geared toward IT Professionals, we'll walk through a general...
28 Sep 2011
Announcement: Microsoft webcast on daylight saving time changes in Russia
[Update 9/19/2010: The materials from our webcast, along with a recording of the webcast itself, are now available here .] Here's an interesting webcast we have coming up this week… We're also offering a series of new webcasts to help customers and organizations preparing for daylight saving...
12 Sep 2011
Microsoft Supports Next Generation of the Internet with World IPv6 Day
Today at 5:00PM PDT, Christopher Palmer, IPv6 Program Manager on the Windows Core Networking team posted on the Microsoft blog that Microsoft joins other members of the Internet Society (ISOC) in support of World IPv6 Day . You may view the post here on the Microsoft Blog , along with more our information...
7 Jun 2011
Microsoft Bing and Xbox.com Support World IPv6 Day
June 8 is just around the corner, and along with other members of the Internet Society (ISOC) , Microsoft will participate in World IPv6 Day. (For more information on IPv6, you can Bing it: http://www.bing.com/search?q=ipv6 ) On this one-day test, we will provide support for IPv6 on Bing.com and Xbox...
1 Jun 2011
Announcements: Supporting the next version of the Internet with IPv6 SP1
In my job at Microsoft , I worry about lots of things, not the least of which is where I parked my car this morning. I worry about Russia's move to abolish Daylight Saving Time , where to eat in Las Vegas , and the transition to ipv6 . (Of course, our other announcement today eliminating the clock from...
1 Apr 2011
Post: Configuring IPv6 addresses on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008
Of interest is Rand Morimoto post today on IPv6 Static Addressing and DNSv6 , with details on configuring IPv6 addresses on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. In this blog post, Rand covers… How to statically address a Windows 2008 / Windows 2008 R2 Server How to statically address a Windows 7 Client...
7 Feb 2011
Bing to support the next generation of the Internet on World IPv6 Day
As noted in my post "The Transition to IPv6 is not the End of the World. No, Really. " the way numbering and identifying Internet connected devices – or IP addresses – is done is changing from the current IPv4, and we will soon be adding more through the change to IPv6. The transition...
3 Feb 2011
With IPv6, where will you keep your 428 octillion Internet enabled devices?
Today we were discussing the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 that I noted yesterday . To me, one of the amazing numbers in this effort are the number of IP addresses that IPv6 enables, as I noted in the post... Realizing that eventually these IPv4 addresses would be exhausted, Internet Protocol version...
2 Feb 2011
The Transition to IPv6 is not the End of the World. No, Really.
Today is my tenth anniversary of joining Microsoft, and in that time I have seen my share of interesting headlines. Today I add another one, from the article in the Wall Street Journal that notes that the "Web is running out of addresses… " (video link: http://on.wsj.com/g1JX8E ) Well, we have...
1 Feb 2011
Announcement: Microsoft Windows December 2010 Updates to Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones
Check out Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2443685 , "December 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems", which the Windows team just posted. This is the December Daylight Saving Time and Time Zone (DST & TZ) Cumulative Update (CU), and the current KB/blog text focuses on the...
16 Dec 2010
Public Beta Now Available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
In case you missed Brandon's post yesterday , the public beta is now available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1… Today, we announced at our annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) the availability of the public beta for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1...
13 Jul 2010
Announcement: Microsoft Windows May 2010 Updates to Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones
Check out Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 981793 , "May 2010 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems", which the Windows team just posted. Changes / updates from the previous cumulative Windows time zone update include… The following changes were made since...
1 Jun 2010
Advisory: Bangladesh makes a last-minute decision to end daylight saving time on December 31, 2009
Yes, it's true, Virgina: once again a government has decided on making a last minute change to their daylight saving time . Quite reminiscent of when Argentina made a change to their their daylight saving time back in 2007 and brought me into the office virtually whilst I was on vacation. <rant>...
29 Dec 2009
A bit about BitLocker today on the Windows Team Blog
If there is data on your PC that you need to protect, BitLocker encryption can help to protect your files with encryption. (As noted on the Windows 7 site, BitLocker "helps keep everything from documents to passwords safer by encrypting the entire drive that Windows and your data reside on. Once...
7 Dec 2009
Announcement: Hotfix for Microsoft Windows OS releases available for Fiji 2009/2010 Daylight Saving Time
Going to Fiji anytime soon? Or scheduling LiveMeetings with a thriving supplier in the region? Then you'll want to know about the latest changes to their changes to daylight saving time (aka DST). As found over on the Microsoft Daylight Saving Time & Time Zone Blog , there is a link to the Hotfix...
1 Dec 2009
Announcement: Microsoft Windows August 2009 Updates to Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones
Check out Microsoft KnowledgeBase Article 970653 , "August 2009 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems", which the Windows team just posted. A nod to the good folks across our company working on our effort to help manage time (particularly in daylight saving...
21 Jul 2009
Advisory: Information on changes coming to First Run in Internet Explorer 8
The IE team just posted on their blog changes they're making to IE8's first run experience, coming in the next cumulative security update for Internet Explorer. As noted in their posts on the IE blog previously here and here ... "The goal of the IE setup experience is to put IE users in control...
18 Jul 2009
Of interest for IT Professionals: Internet Explorer 8 via Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) coming in August 2009
Of interest: this post from Eric Hebenstreit on the IE Blog, a note on Internet Explorer 8 availability via Windows Server Update Services (aka WSUS) coming in August 2009… For those of you who manage your organization’s desktops using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Internet Explorer 8 will be...
12 Jul 2009
Preview: Windows 7 Application Compatibility Roundtable Springboard Series Discussion Highlights
New on the Springboard Series Blog , highlights from the latest Virtual Roundtable on Application Compatibility for Windows 7. I'm looking forward to having the full programme posted online. Video: VRT Promo Missed it? Well, here is a promo video...
23 Jun 2009
Announcement: A new DST hotfix is available for Morocco 2009 Daylight Saving Time for the Windows platform
As Lourdes posted here on the Daylight Saving Time and Time Zone blog, a new hotfix is available for Morocco 2009 Daylight Saving Time for the Windows platform. This is an update for the Daylight Saving Time for the "(GMT) Casablanca" time zone this year (2009) for computers running Windows...
29 May 2009
Windows 7 Release Candidate now available, with more info on what's new in the RC, MED-V, and improved SSD support
Lots of news today (as noted in the news today ) on the availability of the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) . Remember, only download the Windows 7 RC from a trusted source – via Microsoft – to save yourself the security risk . As noted on MSDN and TechNet, the RC is an opportunity for enthusiasts,...
5 May 2009
Why do I need IPv6? Where can I learn from Microsoft about IPv6 for Windows? (Your questions on IPv6)
This came in today via email (thanks, Brin)… "Why do I need IPv6? Is there more about IPv6 available from Microsoft? Is there anything I need to do to support IPv6 in Windows Vista or Windows 7?" Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is (Wikipedia tells us) "the next-generation Internet...
27 Mar 2009
Coming up in February: Mark Russinovich on the Springboard Series discussing the beta of Windows 7
As I've noted previously , Mark Russinovich hosts a virtual roundtable for IT pros worldwide . The next one is coming up in a few weeks, on Thursday, February 12, 2009, when the topic will be the Windows 7 Beta. Better still, you can submit questions in advance ( email@example.com ) to find out more...
26 Jan 2009
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