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ICANN Committee rejects dotless domain names, won't "pursue any additional studies"
As you may recall from prior posts on this blog , there has been significant interest in the new gTLDs (e.g. foo.microsoft, foo.docs) and proposals from Google to allow one of their gTLD applications (.search) to function as a dotless domain (e.g. http//search). This ask was in sharp contrast to the...
6 Sep 2013
Update: No immediate plans in Russia to return to Winter Time in 2012
A few days ago I mentioned the discussion that Russia may return to Winter Time in 2012 . I now have news that legislative initiative of the State Duma Health Committee to switch Russia back to the “winter time” has been withdrawn. As such, we don't believe there will be any near-term change to Russia...
27 Sep 2012
Advisory: Russia’s possible return to Winter Time in 2012
Earlier this summer we received news reports that the Russian government was considering a move to Winter Time, changing their prior decree in 2011 to abolish Daylight Saving Time in the federation . At that time, we weren’t certain the government would make this change. Recent news confirms...
26 Sep 2012
Much ado about something (important): World IPv6 Launch 2012 is June 6
A long time between posts, but starting up again with a note on IPv6. Last year, I posted about Microsoft Bing and Xbox.com Support World IPv6 Day . This year, we welcome World IPv6 Launch (which kicks off tomorrow) as we once again work with other members of the Internet Society (ISOC) on promoting...
5 Jun 2012
Microsoft and Nokia announce plans for a broad strategic partnership on Windows Phone
Fresh from the Microsoft Windows Phone Newsroom today, the details on the deal with Nokia… "Nokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem. "Nokia and Microsoft...
11 Feb 2011
Microsoft's Bing increased U.S. market share to nearly 28 percent, up 6 percent
W00t! Microsoft's Bing bites Google back, jumps 6% as noted by Brier Dudley today in the Seattle Times... "Microsoft's underdog search engine saw a jump in market share over the last month, increasing its U.S. market share 6 percent, according to an Experian Hitwise report today. Google's U.S. market...
8 Feb 2011
Remember: October 31 is Halloween, and the Office 2010 beta expires, too
As noted on the Office.com official blog , the Office 2010 beta expires Sunday, Oct 31, which means it's time to upgrade to the full version or roll back to a previous version you have licensed… Didn't it seem like only yesterday when we made the Microsoft Office 2010 Beta available? Actually, it's been...
29 Oct 2010
Did you win £450,000 in a "Microsoft Lottery"? Think again: it's a phishing attempt
I was asked today… I received a message in my email on behalf of Microsoft from the National Lottery International [stating] "A certificate of winning and other certificates including your winning cheque of Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pound Sterlings has been sent to us by the...
27 Jul 2010
Suggestions for weekend reading, Bill Gates explains why vaccines matter, and more of what I've read this week
This week John C. Maxwell offered this famous QOTD : Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison To end the work week, Dominic Carr offers his own suggestions for weekend reading on the Microsoft Blog It’s Friday afternoon...
5 Feb 2010
New Tablets, Slates, and Pads: oh, my. 2010 will be an interesting, touch-fueled year.
Today's been a busy day, what with work and getting pinged with the press on the new tablet products coming from Silicon Valley, as noted here with an inside look at the HP Slate (the model that made its debut at CES). None other than HP's CTO Phil McKinney shows off the the Slate in a "History...
27 Jan 2010
How to organize like Bill Gates, the HP-Microsoft deal, Helping in Haiti and more
Yes, I've been neglecting my blog. Although I have a couple of blog posts in the works (on setting up our Windows 7 home network connected to our Media Center), I have been just too busy with (gasp!) real work. So I obviously need to be better at my organization: helpful that I found this brief article...
14 Jan 2010
Tablets & Slate PCs in Steve Ballmer's CES keynote? The debut of Apple's new iTablet? Dunno, but the Kindle DX does wireless worldwide on Jan 19th
CES is off to a great start with plenty of new product news… and we haven't even had the keynote kickoff! As I noted last month (all of a week or so ago) I decided to get on the ebook reader bandwagon and finally ordered a new Amazon Kindle. I was torn on the size: the 6" appeared best for my needs...
6 Jan 2010
Information on Daylight Saving Time, Time Zone and related DST changes for Microsoft Windows and other products in 2009
An update on some of the recent daylight saving time changes around the world coming this year to Morocco, Pakistan, Syria and Tunisia in 2009… It's been a busy time, reflected in fewer than normal postings on this blog, but happily it's due in part (when it comes to time) that there has been little...
19 Mar 2009
An interview with Guy Kawasaki, Answers from the Microsoft Answers site, the QWERTY effect, and more of what I've read
It's been a long week by any measure, and I was happy to offer some assistance today to a few associates impacted by the job eliminations. Having experienced this in SiValley myself, I hope that I'm able to make an impact and help where possible. One person who is making a difference (in his own...
23 Jan 2009
I agree with CNET News: I can't get enough of Windows 7
Of interest, Don Reisinger posted (January 22, 2009) which he "can't get enough of Windows 7"… "Anyone who reads The Digital Home knows that I have issues with Windows Vista . I think it's a sub-par operating system with too many quirks and far too many flaws to make it worth using. I...
23 Jan 2009
Did you win One Million Euros in a Microsoft Lottery? Think again: it's a phishing attempt
In the last few weeks, I've noticed an increase in phishing and email fraud as I noted a few days ago in my post The new year rings in another bonus: a rise in bogus electronic greeting cards . (More on what a phishing scam looks like is available here on Microsoft.com .) Although one Microsoft study...
16 Jan 2009
Obama's team requests to postpone transition: I mean the digital TV transition on Feb 17, 2009.
An interesting metaphor given the wet, rainy weather we have this week in the Redmond area: 40 days and nights from now, the television world should be changing to digital broadcast in the States. But not if Obama’s team request for a delay in digital TV transition is heard. As Joelle Tessler, technology...
8 Jan 2009
Advisory: 30GB Zune issues noted today, related to time and the leap year
First it was questions about whether or not we'd have to worry about the coming Leap Second , then today after our power came back on, customer questions about the Zune 30. As we have a couple of Zune 30s in our home going strong, I was surprised to see a post on the Zune Insider blog WRT the 30 GB Zune...
31 Dec 2008
Of interest: CNET's Dawn Kawamoto offers the top cloud news stories of 2008
I've been accused (rightly so, I might add) of enjoying general vanilla, Everyman news purveyors such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, along with Wired, BusinessWeek and Fortune. (I also read much more, much to my wife's chagrin as noted by the stacks of materials and...
30 Dec 2008
Your questions: do we have to worry about the coming Leap Second when it comes to Microsoft Windows and other products?
As I Tweeted today (no, really, I can stop any time) I saw a question today on the subject of the coming leap second , as noted in the MSN posted article, 2009 to arrive not a second too soon , from Space.com's Joe Rao: "Wait a second. "The start of next year will be delayed by circumstances...
29 Dec 2008
Of interest: Majel Barrett of Star Trek fame passed away today
Sad day. According to news reports today, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry , the widow of television director/producer/writer and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry , died today (December 18, 2008) as a result of complications from leukemia. You may remember her as the first officer from the original...
18 Dec 2008
Do Australians approve of the changes to daylight saving time down under? Apparently so
Greg Kelton of Adelaide Now reported (October 01, 2008 11:50am) daylight saving started this weekend down under, and noted that "any further attempts to have South Australia move to eastern standard time will be rejected by the Rann Government." "Premier Mike Rann said today that with...
6 Oct 2008
Good News: Brazil Defines Dates for Daylight Saving Time
Usually, when I receive news from Brazil on daylight saving time, it's a request for an urgent hotfix or a response for a concerned customers. I Twittered that I was happy to get word today from our team in Brazil on major changes in the country. The Brazilian Ministry of Energy has signed...
12 Sep 2008
Of interest: Windows Live OneCare security suite to be included with many new PCs
Of interest... OneCare to be preinstalled in new PCs from several PC manufacturers... To address the growing security and management needs of today’s new PC user, Microsoft Corp. is working with 11 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Sony Corporation of America and Toshiba Asia Pacific...
30 Jul 2008
Randy Pausch, "last lecture" prof passes away
As I previously posted here -- with link to the lecture -- about Randy Pausch's piece in the usually less than cutting edge weekly Parade, The Lessons I'm Leaving Behind , adapted from his book The Last Lecture , written with Wall Street Journal reporter Jeffrey Zaslow. This from today's article, included...
26 Jul 2008
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