Understanding and preparing for the 2011 Russian Daylight Savings Time Change

Most of you are probably aware of the issues around countries changing Daylight Saving Time (DST). Because these changes tend to come after the time zones were coded in Microsoft products, a lot of thought and work has been done both at Microsoft and customer sites to keep things running smoothly.  For instance we have seen in the past meeting times in calendars move an hour when a country switches over to DST on a new date.  Microsoft made a lot of changes to accommodate the changing dates of DST. There were tools written to move calendar items, and changes to make shifting the dates easier.

Did you know that starting the last weekend in October, Russia will no longer observe “Daylight Saving Time” (DST) and will effectively remain on “summer time”?

If you're interested (or concerned) about this, visit M3 Sweatt's blog for details on a webcast on the change and steps Microsoft is taking to mitigate any issues that might come up because of the it: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mthree/archive/2011/09/12/dstconf-091211.aspx

Be quick, the webcast is scheduled for September 15, 2011, 10:00 am to 11:30 am Pacific Daylight Time.

For more information on the changes in Daylight Savings Time around the world and its impact on Microsoft products, you can visit the main DST webpage: http://microsoft.com/time.

Remember it's "Spring Forward, Fall Back"….

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