Microsoft has learned of a potential change to the observance of daylight saving time (DST) in Iraq. This change may affect customers who use the Baghdad time zone. An early, unsubstantiated report says that the Ministry of Iraq has decided that the country will no longer observe DST even though they have in prior years. The change is currently scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2008. To this point, Microsoft has not been able to officially verify this change. If the change to not observe DST in Iraq is made, this may affect customers and partners in the region who use the Baghdad time zone. This includes military facilities and other entities that engage in business in or with the region. Microsoft is working with government representatives and customers in the region to confirm the change in Iraq. Microsoft is also trying to understand and document the scenarios and the potential implications. Specific guidance is available at http://blogs.technet.com/dst2007/archive/2008/03/25/advisory-potential-dst-change-in-iraq-technical-guidance.aspx.
- The Exchange Team