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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
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
What I do at Microsoft: It's all about the customer
I was asked yesterday, "what the heck do you do at Microsoft these days?" That was a follow up to a friend seeing a post in Computerworld that I'd missed , which was interesting as I was calling out the importance of numbers in names... as I have one in mine (hence the emoticon, which Gregg Keizer neglected...
10 May 2013
RSS feed reader blues? Get your feed in Microsoft Outlook and Office 365
ICYMI, Google Reader, Google Voice App for Blackberry, Google Cloud Connect, and Snapseed Desktop are shutting down . Hilarity ensued on the Internet with the melt down on social media over the change. As Danny Sullivan noted here , "Google should have done better by Google Reader & Google users...
15 Mar 2013
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
Your Questions: "What do you think about Windows 8? Which one should I get?"
I'm very excited today with the release of Windows 8. It's been nice to see the positive press on the new OS release, and to connect with friends with questions about the latest version of Windows. As an example of the mails I've received, one was from one of my friends from a past life in Silicon Valley...
26 Oct 2012
How do I survive SXSW in Austin? By "attending" virtually
As you may know – and some may even be reading this from the great state of Texas – the South by South West (SxSW) festival kicked off in Austin. Unlike a few of my friends, and contrary to my thoughts in 2011, I won't be there this year. There are some great reasons to attend SXSW, I know that from...
9 Mar 2012
It's Time To Spring Forward An Hour in the US and Canada: Daylight Saving Time Arrives Sunday
I was reminded today that daylight saving time (aka DST) is here once again, and that you'll change your clocks this Sunday, March 11, 2012. Much of the United States and Canada will "Spring Forward" on Sunday at 2:00AM, as noted in more than 36,900 news articles today . (That's up about...
5 Mar 2012
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
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
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
It's Time To Spring Forward An Hour in the US and Canada: Daylight Saving Time Arrives Sunday
I was reminded today (thanks, Joel and Beth... how could I have forgotten!) that today is the third anniversary of the move to the new schedule for daylight saving time. That means daylight saving time (aka DST) is here once again, and that you'll change your clocks this Sunday, March 13, 2011, as we...
11 Mar 2011
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
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
Your questions: What the heck are you doing at Microsoft and what is CPE?
I was asked today: "just what are you doing at Microsoft these days? And what is this CPE thing I read about" More of the same actually, as I originally noted here. (As well as this humourous look .) In short, I work with product and services groups across the company to improve satisfaction...
26 Jan 2011
Your questions: "Where do I go for help with my Windows Phone?" Here's a link
Wondering where to turn to contact Microsoft Customer Support? See my post on where to turn to contact Microsoft Customer Support . But if you're looking for support on Windows Phone, first visit the http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/default.aspx , as I noted in my post with tips...
14 Dec 2010
Moving from an iPhone to a new Windows Phone 7? Here are some tips
Get a new Windows Mobile phone but not sure what to do first? First of all, be sure to follow the instructions before turning on your new device, and possibly moving over to a new SIM card. Initially, I was wondering the best way to move from my HTC Fuze (for heavy meeting days), HTC Pure, and...
19 Nov 2010
Is that really an email from the EFPTS? Don't get caught buy a phishing attempt
So, you may be asking yourself: why is the EFTPS contacting me? And who the heck is EFTPS? It's likely a phishing atempt. The EFPTS is a service offered free by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help business and individual taxpayers conveniently pay all their federal taxes electronically...
8 Nov 2010
Problem with an app uninstall leads to a Microsoft Support's FixIt
Today I received an email from my old friend, Steve, who said that he was having an issue after he had installed and then uninstalled Google Chrome… and then found that his hyperlinks didn't work for various Office applications. Well, there's an app for that. Or at least a FixIt. I found that Google...
4 Nov 2010
Windows 7 Tablet PC, Kindle or iPad? The "why" behind the "buy"
The other day I mused about What to buy: an iPad or a Windows 7 Tablet PC? I offered a few suggestions, but wanted to provide more on the "why" behind the decisions. I think that the challenge comes to whether or not you plan to just consume information and entertainment on a device and then those...
13 Jun 2010
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