A few updates and notifications on the DST and TZ web site... (thanks, Lourdes!)

Windows Hotfix Now Available for Brazil 2008-2009 Daylight Savings Time changes: The government of Brazil announced a change in the observance of daylight saving time in the country. According to the details in the Ministry's Decree number 6558 of September 8, 2008, DST will start the third Sunday of October and then end generally on the third Sunday of February of the following year.  As confirmed on Brazil's Ministry of Energy web site, the Electric Power Sector Monitoring Committee (the Comitê de Monitoramento do Setor Elétrico, or CMSE) set the new dates for DST, which will begin on October 19, 2008, and end on February 15, 2009.

Microsoft has created upon request, out of band release packages for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 for the Brazil DST update, Knowledge Base Article 957201, “A hotfix is available to update the "(GMT-3:00) Brasilia" time zone and the "(GMT-4:00) Manaus" time zone for 2008 through 2009 in Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.”  Click here to view and request hotfix downloads.

Windows Hotfix Available for Egypt 2008 Daylight Savings Time Change: The government of Egypt announced that, due to the observance of Ramadan, it has changed the end of Daylight Savings Time to August 28, 2008 at midnight.

Microsoft has created upon request, out of band release packages for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 for the Egypt DST update, Knowledge Base Article 953732, “A hotfix is available to update the " (GMT+02:00) Cairo” time zone for 2008 in Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.” Click here to view and request hotfix downloads.

Guidance for Mauritius on Upcoming Daylight Saving Time Implementation for 2008-2009:  As noted at http://www.afrol.com/articles/29955 on July 23, 2008 and in L'Express newspaper,  the government of Mauritius has decided to adopt Summer Time (as it's known in Europe, aka daylight saving time) in the island nation of over 1 million.   According to published government announcements, the country will begin recognizing Summer Time in October of this year. Official reports note that DST will begin on October 26, 2008 and end on March 27, 2009.

The steps provided in this bulletin were created to mitigate the impacts that the daylight saving time implementation for customers in Mauritius. These are the impacts primarily anticipated at the time this document was written, and the effects that customers may face are not restricted to them.

The suggested actions on this bulletin may require additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by the DST changes in Mauritius by using the workaround above, we recommend that you wait for the next DST cumulative update that will likely contain the updates for Mauritius.

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