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The story around Leap Seconds and Windows: It’s likely not Y2K
Today I woke to a number of hair-on-fire press articles decrying the coming and dreaded Leap Second… with the mainstream USA Today calling out… “But last time it happened, in 2012, it took down much of the Internet. Reddit, Foursquare, Yelp and LinkedIn all reported problems...
8 Jan 2015
Satya Nadella: the new president in Microsoft's Server & Tools Business
News today: we have a new president in the Server & Tools Business: Satya Nadella , a respected technical leader here at the company (as noted here: http://bit.ly/i5ovIb ). Satya moved from MBS to the Online Services Division to head up the engineering division there, which includes Bing, MSN and...
9 Feb 2011
Announcement: Microsoft Security Advisory 2490606: Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution
This just published on TechNet's Microsoft Security Advisories and notred on the MSRC Blog: details on Microsoft Security Advisory 2490606 , Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution... Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a vulnerability in the Windows...
4 Jan 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
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
Announcement: Security Advisory 979682 Released for Elevation of Privilege (EoP) vulnerability in the Windows kernel
Yesterday, Jerry Bryant announced here on the MSRC blog that Security Advisory 979682 Released . Click on the link for the details: essentially Security Advisory 979682 addresses an Elevation of Privilege (EoP) vulnerability in the Windows kernel, affecting all currently supported versions of 32-bit...
21 Jan 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
Black is not the new Blue this season: more on “Black Screen” issues and the Microsoft November Security Updates
Well, Black really isn't the new Blue this season, as some may have you believe. Over at the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) blog , Christopher posted a note on the reports of so-called “Black Screen” issues that some customers might have experienced with their systems as a result of issues...
1 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
Reminder: Microsoft Windows 2009 Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones Hotfix available for Egypt, Western Australia
In case you missed the announcement, there is a new Microsoft Windows 2009 Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones Hotfix available for Egypt and Western Australia . See my original post here . Once again, as has happened in the past, a couple of countries will see new changes to their observation of...
9 Sep 2009
Announcement: Microsoft Windows Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones Hotfix available for Egypt, Western Australia
Once again, as has happened in the past, a couple of countries will see new changes to their observation of Daylight Saving Time (DST) , this time in Egypt and Western Australia. (see here for 2008 changes in Egypt ) A new Microsoft Knowledge Base article is up – KB 974176 – noting the hotfix now...
17 Aug 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
Just ahead of Windows 7, Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 BETA is now available
I now have a new project for the weekend: dogfooding the latest bits just released for the Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 BETA, complete with new enhancements for Windows 7 PCs. New from the Windows Home Server team is their announcement of the new Power Pack 3 Beta. Just ahead of our...
17 Jul 2009
It's official: Steve Guggenheimer announces that Windows 7 arrives in stores October 22
As I noted on Twitter yesterday the various news reports regarding Windows 7, it's now official: Windows 7 is on the way, with Oct. 22 officially announced as the release date, as noted on Microsoft Presspass today. June 2, 2009: At Computex 2009 in Taipei, Microsoft OEM vice president Steve Guggenheimer...
3 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
Now available: SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 on WU and the Microsoft Download Center
As I noted the other day in my post Thinking about downloading SP2 for Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008? Please download it from a trusted source , I'd seen several third party sites offering downloads to Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. As I wrote here , you should...
27 May 2009
Thinking about downloading SP2 for Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008? Please download it from a trusted source!
I've seen a couple of blog posts offering downloads to Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, an upcoming update to the OS. Here's the advice for the day: as I wrote here , only download software from a trusted source – via Microsoft –and avoid peer to peer to save yourself the...
23 May 2009
Thinking about joining a new club? Take a look at the Windows Clubhouse
Groucho Marx famously said… "I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member." Well, there's an exception to every rule. I found such an exception in the Windows Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is a community where you can connect with other members and help people learn how to use...
9 May 2009
Announcement: Microsoft Windows update available for unconfirmed Pakistan daylight saving time change on April 15, 2009
Ever see the movie Groundhog Day ? Well, I feel like I'm re-living a past event. We have reports that Pakistan is changing their daylight saving time … but unfortunately all we have are news reports at this time (as noted here on the dailytimes.com.pk site ). We still don't have government confirmation...
13 Apr 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
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
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
Advisory: Information on daylight saving time changes for Mauritius and Egypt in 2008
Coming soon to our Hot Topics for Daylight Saving Time changes page , information on changes accommodating Mauritius and Egypt. Guidance for Mauritius on Upcoming Daylight Saving Time Implementation for 2008-2009 As noted at http://www.afrol.com/articles/29955 on July 23, 2008 and in L'Express newspaper...
3 Oct 2008
What time is it Down Under? Daylight Saving Time comes to much of Australia on October 5
A quick quick Tweet as the Register's James Sherwood reports that the Daylight savings shift to cause phone havoc Down Under (that's Australia...): "Unsuspecting Aussies could be in for a spot of time travel this weekend, because Australian network operator Telstra has warned that some Down Under phones...
2 Oct 2008
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