M3 Sweatt's blog

Thoughts on time, technology, products and services at Microsoft

Your questions: It's time to "Fall Back" again in North America. What's the point of DST?

Late tonight in much of North America, people will turn their clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 11/04/2018

Time zone and DST changes in Windows for Morocco and the West Bank and Gaza

As it has in previous years, Morocco is suspending its daylight saving time (DST) period for the...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 06/14/2018

Daylight Saving Time Arrives Sunday in the States: Prepare to Spring Forward and lose some sleep

“If you have nothing to say, say nothing.” -- Mark Twain Twain was so smart. I've returned to post...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 03/10/2018

Now available: Windows Key Shortcuts for Windows 10

Before I go on hiatus from the blog (as I spend a lot of my free time on our internal sites in...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 08/26/2015

New Time Zones are Uncommon, but Not Unheard Of

Over the last few days I saw some reactions to the post in the post to Microsoft’s Daylight Saving...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 08/11/2015

Be careful out there: Windows 10 upgrade scams

  Earlier this month, I read on the Cisco Security blog that the Talos Security Group outlined...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 08/11/2015

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 06/29/2015

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 06/01/2015

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 02/05/2015

Oregon may repeal daylight saving time… in 2021

Regular readers of this blog and familiar with the efforts Microsoft has put forward in working with...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 02/02/2015

Advisory: Time Zone Changes expected in Quintana Roo on Feb 1, 2015 (Cancun, Cozumel)

Just posted to the Latam Commercial Technical Support Blog is this post on an upcoming time zone...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 01/28/2015

Part two of the story around Leap Seconds and Windows: #NotY2K

Well, it’s been an interesting few days. As I noted in my post on the story around Leap Seconds and...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 01/14/2015

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 01/08/2015

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 12/12/2014

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 09/24/2014

Update on Windows support for new Russian Time Zones

As noted in my blog post earlier this month, the Russian Federation passed a new law which changes...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 08/22/2014

Available now: August 2014 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems

The August 2014 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems has been released and is...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 08/12/2014

Available now: Update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian ruble in Windows

To continue the Russian theme this month, you might’ve noticed that in addition to getting eleven...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 08/12/2014

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 08/03/2014

My Own Accessibility Experience

“So, what happened to your blog?” That’s a quest I got on Friday at the office from one of my...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 06/01/2014

It's Time To Fall Back An Hour in the US and Canada: Daylight Saving Time Ends This Sunday

I was prodded this morning much too early: “I expected to hear from you with DST ending this...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 11/01/2013

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 09/06/2013

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 07/15/2013

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 05/10/2013

Microsoft Account Gets More Secure with Two Factor Authorization

ICYMI, your Microsoft Account will get more secure as the team rolls out a new upgrade which...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 04/17/2013

If you can't trust Google's app store, how can you trust them for anything?

When you buy an Android app from the Google app store, they give the app maker your full name, email...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 04/15/2013

ICANN, the GAC, SSAC and gTLDs: Challenges with Dotless Domains and Closed Generics

Last year, Craig Mundie posted about ICANN’s gTLD Reveal Day calling it "another step in the...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 04/15/2013

What I read: Designing for Dependability in the Cloud

Last week I read David Bills' (our chief reliability strategist) post Data Center Knowledge. David...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 04/15/2013

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 03/15/2013

Ready to Spring Forward and lose some sleep? Daylight Saving Time 2013 Arrives Sunday

First off: the first rule of Daylight Saving Time is that there is no Daylight Saving Time (in...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 03/09/2013

One look at the future of computing from Microsoft, circa 2018-2023

  Here's a link to Microsoft's video of what the future could look like 5-10 years from now....

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 03/04/2013

Consumers and Enterprise: every customer is a consumer

The other day I read something that made me think: “Microsoft earnings report show the future...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 01/25/2013

Shuttle rides, waiting for meetings, and other places: articles and posts I've read

On Shuttle rides, my WindowsPhone keeps me in touch and busy... And it tells me where my next ride...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 01/14/2013

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 12/03/2012

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,...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 11/02/2012

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 10/26/2012

Advisory: October 2012 DST Cumulative Update for Windows operating systems

As just announced, the October 2012 DST Cumulative update for Windows operating systems has been...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 10/11/2012

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 09/27/2012

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 09/26/2012

Words to live by, literally: Charles McConathy on Staying Healthy

Just back from a brief staycation (it's so lovely in Seattle this time of year) and I found an old...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 08/30/2012

Your questions: What's all this about the Leap Second, and how does it affect the Microsoft Windows OS and other products?

First off, Happy Canada Day. (eh? ;) Lots of talk today about the 'Leap second bug' that caused...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 07/01/2012

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 06/05/2012

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 03/23/2012

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 03/09/2012

Another look at the PC of tomorrow, in your pocket with Windows To Go

A couple of months ago, I opined about what will the PC might look like in five years, and offered a...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 03/06/2012

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...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 03/05/2012

Microsoft on standards, behind the scenes building Windows 8, and more of what I've read this week

A few links of interest today… a quick post as I need to get through my email. Busy week. With...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 02/10/2012

Six months and Google finally acknowledges I'm me: the troubles with "real" identities

(Written late last night, this addresses the long saga I've had with Google in confirming my name on...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 02/01/2012

Bill Gross: Twenty Amazing Facts Learned at the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos

Bill Gross is founder of the technology incubator Idealab and more companies than I can count (he...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 01/29/2012

Surviving TechReady 14 in Seattle 2012: A few helpful tips and hints

Here's a link to my post with some helpful hints on Surviving TechReady in Seattle, from 2010. Many...

Author: M3 Sweatt Date: 01/28/2012

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