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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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, and so did the Linux operating system and programs…

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Satya Nadella: the new president in Microsoft’s Server & Tools Business

News today: we have a new president in the Server & Tools Business: Satya Nadella, a respected technical leader here at the company (as noted here: http://bit.ly/i5ovIb). Satya moved from MBS to the Online Services Division to head up the engineering division there, which includes Bing, MSN and AdCenter (our advertising platform). Satya Nadella hasn’t…

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Announcement: Microsoft Security Advisory 2490606: Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution

This just published on TechNet’s Microsoft Security Advisories and notred on the MSRC Blog: details on Microsoft Security Advisory 2490606, Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution… Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a vulnerability in the Windows Graphics Rendering Engine. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code in the…

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Announcement: Microsoft Windows December 2010 Updates to Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones

Check out Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2443685, “December 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems”, which the Windows team just posted.  This is the December Daylight Saving Time and Time Zone (DST & TZ) Cumulative Update (CU), and the current KB/blog text focuses on the less common changes, such as adding the timezone for Magadan.   The…

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Public Beta Now Available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

In case you missed Brandon’s post yesterday, the public beta is now available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1… Today, we announced at our annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) the availability of the public beta for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1). As Gavriella Schuster…

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Suggestions for weekend reading, Bill Gates explains why vaccines matter, and more of what I’ve read this week

This week John C. Maxwell offered this famous QOTD: Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison To end the work week, Dominic Carr offers his own suggestions for weekend reading on the Microsoft Blog It’s Friday afternoon again, and time…

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Announcement: Security Advisory 979682 Released for Elevation of Privilege (EoP) vulnerability in the Windows kernel

Yesterday, Jerry Bryant announced here on the MSRC blog that Security Advisory 979682 Released. Click on the link for the details: essentially Security Advisory 979682 addresses an Elevation of Privilege (EoP) vulnerability in the Windows kernel, affecting all currently supported versions of 32-bit Windows. Please note that 64-bit versions of Windows, including Windows Server 2008…

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Black is not the new Blue this season: more on “Black Screen” issues and the Microsoft November Security Updates

Well, Black really isn’t the new Blue this season, as some may have you believe. Over at the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) blog, Christopher posted a note on the reports of so-called “Black Screen” issues that some customers might have experienced with their systems as a result of issues with the November Security Updates……

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