A law change earlier this year extended Daylight Savings which will now start one week earlier (2:00 A.M. on the 30th September 2007) and will end two weeks later than in the past (3:00 A.M. on 6th April 2008). This change will have a significant impact on a number of areas of your IT infrastructure, including a number of Microsoft products. However, the scope and impact of these changes goes well beyond just the Microsoft product set and we urge customers to work with their key vendors to ensure that all of their non-Microsoft IT systems are also updated as necessary.
There are 40 Microsoft products that are affected, with a good portion of these having updates available now. The key areas that will be affected are :• Operating Systems• Scheduling / Calendar • Time dependant Applications
IT departments will need to take into consideration the sequencing of the updates and the updating of users calendars for the three week extension. These two areas are the most critical / time consuming components for IT departments. Microsoft has prepared product updates and guidance to assist our customers and partners to help implement the new Daylight Savings changes. Further details can be at http://www.microsoft.co.nz/timezone.
To provide more detailed information around the potential impact, Microsoft will host a series of Daylight Savings briefing sessions in the following locations:
Wellington: 27 August 2007
15:00-16:30 Invitation here
Christchurch: 28 August 2007
11:00-12:30 Invitation here
Auckland: 29 August 2007