I know, this week has been covered with news about the new version of Windows Mobile. So you owners of Windows Mobile 2003, 2003SE or 5.0 don’t feel left out, Microsoft has released an important update that you should apply to your device as soon as possible. Government leaders in the US and Canada have enacted legislation that changes when Daylight Savings Time starts and ends in those countries. Unfortunately, this change means that consumer electronic devices that are programmed to automatically change the clock by one hour for CST must be updated or they will erroneously change the clock at the old dates. Microsoft has released an update to change the WM devices to the new dates so the clocks will change properly. The update is available in two flavors, a PC installer that requires hooking the device to the PC and as a CAB file that can be downloaded directly to the device and installed without a PC. The update web page has detailed information and instructions which should be followed exactly to make sure the update gets applied properly. Note that once the update is installed on your device you MUST manually change your time zone once to make the update kick in. Then just change the time zone back. I intend to update all my WM devices today so I don’t forget.
UPDATE: in going through the update process I noted there are three components to this update- a Windows XP component, Outlook component, and the Windows Mobile component. According to the update docs, Vista has already incorporated the change so nothing needs to be applied on those systems running Vista. Outlook 2007 is not listed as a version needing the Outlook component so apparently the change has already been rolled into that too. That means if you’re running Vista and Outlook 2007 you only need to apply the WM update to your device.