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 observation of the Muslim month of Ramadan from 03:00 on Sunday, May 13, 2018, to 02:00 on Sunday, June 17, 2018, in the Gregorian calendar. Updates are also available for the West Bank and Gaza, as users can revert to “(UTC+02:00) Gaza,…

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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 support of customers and partners, as well as occasional musings on Twitter), I’d like to share this handy guide listing the various shortcut keys available via the keyboard in Windows 10. As you’ll…

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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 Time & Time Zone Blog noting that Microsoft may accommodate North Korea’s new time zone. As highlighted, the Windows team is currently investigating the creation of a new time zone to address this change, and the…

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Be careful out there: Windows 10 upgrade scams

  Earlier this month, I read on the Cisco Security blog that the Talos Security Group outlined “a spam campaign that was taking advantage of a different type of current event.” In this case, the launch of Windows 10 upgrades. A good resource is the new post on email and phone scams claiming to be…

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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 best…

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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 about how Microsoft products and services…

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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. The efforts fall…

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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 many in the industry to achieve more seamless transitions on new DST, time zone and related policies. Recently, I read Oregon Senator Kim Thatcher’s proposed bill (SB99) would repeal daylight saving time in the state. At a time…

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