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 gTLDs (e.g. foo.microsoft, foo.docs) and proposals from Google to allow one of their gTLD applications (.search) to function as a dotless domain (e.g. http//search). This ask was in sharp contrast to the report from ICANN’s own Security…

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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 (e.g. http://microsoft instead of the common http://www.microsoft.com). Such shortcuts may seem harmless at first glance, but they raise many more issues than might be solved when it comes to completing and validating an Internet URL or email address. As you…

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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 Internet’s evolution.” Let’s hope we won’t see “one step up and two steps back.” ICYMI, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers organization) approved plans for new generic Top Level Domains (“gTLDs”) to add to the common domains…

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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 than to bury its closure in a…

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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. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could pick up a can of screen paint at the home improvement store just as we have chalk board paint today? What’s interesting to me: you don’t see a beige box…

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Consumers and Enterprise: every customer is a consumer

The other day I read something that made me think: “Microsoft earnings report show the future of the company: Enterprises first, consumers last.” “… the way to the enterprise often first goes through consumers. But more and more, Microsoft will be a company dependent on sales to big businesses, not consumers” Certainly we also understand…

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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, namely KB 2756822 released in October. All additional time zone changes released…

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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.S…

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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’s time…

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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 there is a move in government to revise…

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