We recently received news reports (via this link, in French) that the ministry for the Modernization of the public sector in Morocco issued a notice that the country has changed the end date to daylight saving time (DST, aka Summer Time, Heuer d’été) in the country. At midnight (0:00h) between August 31 and September 1, 2008, the country will move the clocks back one hour. This is several weeks earlier than the original scheduled change between September 27 and September 28. (For more on the change, see also the article posted here.)
Please note that this may present challenges for Moroccan consumers, industries and enterprises, and IT Pros may be inconvenienced independent of the architecture they support. We believe that due to the late notice of this change with little advance warning, there may be impacts to businesses and end users in Morocco and even some impacts to businesses and end users referring to the time zone setting outside the country. Such a timetable does businesses and infrastructure in Morocco and nearby regions to make the change, nor does it allow the worldwide community to make the needed changes to their systems and infrastructure.
At the moment, Microsoft recommends that customers who have applied the August 2008 DST & TZ update to the Windows OS, KB951072 should uncheck deselect "Automatically adjust clock for Daylight Saving Time" in the Date and Time control panel after the change takes place on Sept 1, as noted at right. Additional guidance will published this week on the Microsoft daylight saving and time zone site.