Early this morning, I posted on the Microsoft Corporate blog about our efforts to inform our customers and partners on our activities related to the end of daylight saving time in the Russian Federation, a change noted earlier this year. For our customers and partners worldwide, this means there are some things to be aware of and in some cases work to do to prepare for this change. (long link: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2011/09/29/don-t-turn-back-the-clock-microsoft-provides-resources-for-change-in-daylight-saving-time-in-russia.aspx).

As you may know from my prior posts on the subject, Russia has decided to cancel daylight saving time (DST) in the country and will not “fall back” to Russian Standard Time this fall. The country will no longer have to make the twice-a-year changes to their clocks in the future. And while the elimination of DST directly affects those living in Russia, given the size and impact of the Russian market, the ramifications are global. At Microsoft, we’re stepping up work with our customers and partners to address the impact on users’ computers and servers.

By the way, an important note:  the rules for daylight saving time remain in effect and the same in the United States and Canada, as well as for many other countries that use DST and "Summer Time" over the summer months. The latest changes are noted in my post here, and cals out the exception that is Newfoundland (as the DST start time and end time for Newfoundland Standard Time [Display Name "(UTC-3:30) Newfoundland"] has been updated from 12:01 A.M. to 2:00 A.M.).

In the post, there’s information for consumers (chances are they already have the needed updates via WU)...

So what should you do to make sure that your computers are ready for the change?

If you use Microsoft Update on your PC at home, chances are you're already covered. The latest update – the August 2011 Cumulative Time Zone Update for Windows – may already be installed on your PC if you have turned on Automatic Update in Windows. This ensures you’ll get the latest security and other important updates from Microsoft automatically. This latest update includes the changes for Russia as well as other worldwide changes (including Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Fiji, Samoa and Newfoundland). If you’re not sure if the update has been applied, visit the Microsoft Update site for more information.

If someone manages your network at work, it’s likely the needed updates are schedule to be deployed to your computers and devices, if they haven’t been installed already.

For IT professionals managing PCs, servers and Microsoft software installations, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/time for more details. Also, visit the support websites of any other software companies to see if you need to apply any updates. It’s not just Microsoft software that may require updates.

The calls to action for IT Pros to visit the corporate site for more details and to attend one of the upcoming webcasts to help prepare for these changes and to learn more. We’re offering a series of new webcasts to help customers and organizations preparing for daylight saving time, particularly these new changes in Russia, beginning on Oct. 3rd. This is part of our “step-by-step” program on making the DST transition. Geared toward IT professionals, we’ll walk through a general overview of DST and the impacts and solutions for Windows, Outlook and Exchange. To find a list of these upcoming webcasts, visit http://www.microsoft.com/time.

Webcasts start up on October 3rd and will offer more guidance to IT Pros on the impacts and solutions for many of our software and services offerings. For more information on DST and a list of the upcoming webcasts, visit Microsoft Daylight Saving Time Help and Support Center (http://www.microsoft.com/time). There you’ll find links to updates for various products in support affected by this change, as well as other various changes to DST offsets and time zones around the world. Additionally, the team in Microsoft Russia provides specific details and guidance in country at http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_dst/ru

 

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