The “Syrian News Station” reported that the Council of Ministers has decided that Syria will postpone DST start to April 2nd, 2010 (midnight between Thursday and Friday). Microsoft Windows provides a way to prevent machines from switching into DST by un-checking the “Automatically adjust the clock for Daylight Saving Time” box in the Date and Time window. Customers in Syria can uncheck the “Automatically adjust the clock for Daylight Saving Time” box in the Date and Time window before April 2nd, 2010..
Microsoft’s product teams are moving to a regular rhythm to update their products and services to reflect these time changes. For each update release, Microsoft accepts change requests at up to a few months prior to the release date. Please refer to Microsoft’s Policy in Response to DST/TZ Requests, providing recommendations in order to achieve more seamless transitions to new DST and time zones policies. We suggest that governments should provide the following when considering changing DST or making adjustments to time zones:
1. Ample advance notice (1 year or more) of the planned change.
2. Official published confirmation of planned changes to DST or time zones.
3. Concentrated efforts on promoting the change to the affected citizens.
Important notes for governments:
* Please refer to Microsoft’s Policy in Response to DST/TZ Requests. It’s important for countries and territories to work towards seamless transitions to new DST and time zones policies, providing ample advance notice (of a year or more) with published confirmation of planned changes.