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Your questions on the upcoming leap second
Just back in the office from a trip, I found several questions in my email box in regard to the upcoming leap second. I thought that I’d take a moment or three to answer several of the questions there, some not covered in past posts. The first question on everyone’s mind could be summarized...
29 Jun 2015
Another look at the impact of the coming 2015 leap second on Microsoft products (not much)
A month from now, we should be looking back at the press that decried the coming Leap Second (caps my own) as a veritable Y2K and wondering “ what was all that about ?” As I’ve shared previously (see “ What's all this about the Leap Second ”) I’ve learned quite a bit...
1 Jun 2015
Implications of Proposed Changes to Daylight Saving Time in the United States
This past week, I’ve contacted and spoken with several legislators on the plethora of proposed changes to use of daylight saving time around the States. I even had a call from my friend, Rich Kaplan , the new CEO over at the Microsoft Alumni Network, reminiscing over a few of these recent moves...
5 Feb 2015
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
Available now: December 2014 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems
Is it December already? That means that holiday treat we know at the December cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems is out, available as kb 3013410 . As noted, this update replaces the previous August 2014 CU 2981580 and includes all the time zone and daylight saving time changes...
12 Dec 2014
Windows Updates for New Russia Time Zones Now Available
As I highlighted last month , the Windows team in OSG have supported the new Russian time zone changes. What with the changes to the Ruble symbol and now the eleven new time zones and move away from daylight saving time, perhaps I should rename my blog… As noted, the target release date was...
24 Sep 2014
Russian Federation Permanently Switches to Winter Time October 26, 2014: Changes to Microsoft Products
( Update 082214: Please see the new post Update on Windows support for new Russian Time Zones with more information on the upcoming update.) Back in 2011, I wrote on the Microsoft corporate blog about the of daylight saving time in the Russian Federation. Then in 2012, I noted Russia considered a...
3 Aug 2014
Microsoft Windows December 2012 Updates for Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones
The latest cumulative update for supported Microsoft's Windows operating systems addressing daylight saving time and time zone changes is now available on the Microsoft Download Center . This update supersedes and replaces older updates released previously as noted in the full Knowledge Base article...
3 Dec 2012
It's Time To Fall Back An Hour in the US and Canada: Daylight Saving Time Ends This Sunday
How quickly time flies, seems like just yesterday we were Springing Forward (way back on Sunday, March 11). Yes, it's that time again if you'll pardon the pun, to fall back in much of the Northern Hemisphere. Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00AM local time in much of the U...
2 Nov 2012
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
Advisory: Armenia will not observe daylight saving time in 2012
If you read this blog regularly, you'll recall that Armenia proposed changes to their stand on daylight saving time… We now have confirmed reports that similar to the move in Russia, that Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine won't fall back but also stay permanently on summer time on October 30. (There...
23 Mar 2012
Advisory: Windows Cumulative Update for Samoa, as they skip Friday and change their time zone
As I noted in a prior post, Samoa will move their time zone this week, essentially traveling to the future ... When is December 30th not December 30th? When it's 2011 in Samoa. [rimshot] As you may have read, Samoa has decided to move ahead in time and join neighbors and trading partners...
28 Dec 2011
Announcement: Late breaking 2011 time zone changes for Armenia and Ukraine (again)
I originally posted that we confirmed that Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine won't fall back but also stay permanently on summer time on October 30, similar to the move in Russia. Well, it appears that that these decisions were recently reversed. Please note we have received reports that Armenia and...
22 Oct 2011
Advisory: Fiji plans to shift from daylight saving to standard time earlier in 2012
As you may have read, Fiji has decided to shift their move back to standard time earlier than originally planned in 2012. This from the Government of Fiji … "The end of daylight saving scheduled initially for the 26th of February 2012 has been brought forward to the 22nd of January 2012. "The...
20 Oct 2011
Announcement: Late 2011 time zone changes for Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine
Important update October 21, 2011: Please note we have received reports that Armenia and Ukraine have canceled their proposed changes. ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/dst2007/archive/2011/10/19/notice-ukraine-and-armenia-revert-2011-dst-cancellation.aspx ). According to reports in Rada and Kyivpost that...
5 Oct 2011
Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine to abolish Daylight Saving Time, Microsoft guidance for Windows
[Updated 21 October, 2011] Please note we have received reports that Armenia and Ukraine have canceled their proposed changes. ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/dst2007/archive/2011/10/19/notice-ukraine-and-armenia-revert-2011-dst-cancellation.aspx ). According to reports in Rada and Kyivpost , Ukraine will...
30 Sep 2011
Changes to daylight saving time in Russia for 2011: third party resources & guidance
A question from the virtual mailbag today… "I know that you have released guidance on Microsoft products and services for the end to Summer Time in Russia. But what about other products in our stack?" Good question. Here are the responses I'm aware of today. Blackberry : To find the latest...
29 Sep 2011
DON’T Turn Back the Clock: Microsoft Provides Resources for Change in Daylight Saving Time in Russia
Early this morning, I posted on the Microsoft Corporate blog about our efforts to inform our customers and partners on our activities related to the end of daylight saving time in the Russian Federation, a change noted earlier this year. For our customers and partners worldwide, this means there are...
29 Sep 2011
Advisory: Samoa moving their time zone, traveling to the future
When is December 30th not December 30th? When it's 2011 in Samoa. As you may have read, Samoa has decided to move ahead in time and join neighbors and trading partners on the western side of the International Date line (like Australia and New Zealand). In doing so, Samoa will move from December...
9 Sep 2011
New blog from the Windows team: Building Windows 8
Want to see posts from the Windows 8 team ? Follow their new blog, Building Windows 8, aka "B8", starting today.. http://t.co/FlEh2yk This from Steven… "For the Windows team, this blog is an important part of developing Windows 8, as was our blog for Windows 7. Blogging allows us to have...
15 Aug 2011
Microsoft Windows August 2011 Updates to Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones, including Russia
Check out Microsoft KB article 2570791 for the August 2011 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems, just posted this week. (This update supersedes and replaces update 2443685, which was released in December 2010. This update also includes additional time zone changes released as hotfixes...
11 Aug 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 Previewing ‘Windows 8’
Noting Julie's article today , we demonstrated the next generation of Windows at the D9 Conference today, internally code-named “Windows 8.” "Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only...
1 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
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