This time zone converter lets you visually and very quickly convert UTC to BST and vice-versa. Simply mouse over the colored hour-tiles and glance at the hours selected by the column. UTC stands for Universal Time. BST is known as British Summer Time. BST is 1 hours ahead of UTC. UTC Time Zone Converter. This UTC time zone converter is an effective and convenient tool for everyone who needs to know the current time in a certain time zone. This converter can show the time difference between UTC time zone and another selected time zone. Universal Time Coordinated / Universal Coordinated Time: Successor to: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) Military name: “Zulu” Military Time: Longitude: 0° (Prime Meridian) At sea: Longitudes between 7.5° West and 7.5° East: Note: United Kingdom is one hour ahead of UTC / GMT during summer.
Time Difference. Universal Time Coordinated is 2 hours behind of Central European Summer Time 12:30 am 00:30 in UTC is 2:30 am 02:30 in CEST. UTC to CEST call time Best time for a conference call or a meeting is between 8am-4pm in UTC which corresponds to 10am-6pm in CEST. Time used there is 2 hours and 12 minutes ahead of physical time in the summer, making for the greatest discrepancy in the UTC time zone. The easternmost settlement where UTC with DST is applied is Lowestoft in Suffolk, East Anglia, UK (at just 1°45' E).
Universal Time Coordinated is 2 hours behind of Central European Summer Time
8:00 am08:00 in UTC is 10:00 am10:00 in CEST
UTC to CEST call time
Best time for a conference call or a meeting is between 8am-4pm in UTC which corresponds to 10am-6pm in CEST
8:00 am08:00 Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). Offset UTC 0:00 hours
10:00 am10:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST). Offset UTC +2:00 hours
8:00 am08:00 UTC / 10:00 am10:00 CEST
Universal Time Coordinated
Offset: UTC is 0 hours ahead Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and is used in Universal
Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the world time standard that regulates clocks and time. It is successor to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For casual use, UTC is the same as GMT, but is used by the scientific community.
UTC is the time standard commonly used across the world since 1972. It is used in many technical fields, like aviation industry and meteorologists, also used to synchronize time across internet networks.
UTC representations, usage and related time zonesW3C/ISO-8601: International standard covering representation and exchange of dates and time-related data
- Z - is the zone designator for the zero UTC/GMT offset, also known as 'Zulu' time
- +00 - basic short
- +0000 - basic
- +00:00 - extended
- +0000 - sign character (+) followed by a four digit time providing hours (00) and minutes (00) of the offset. Indicates zero hour and zero minutes time differences of the zero meridian.
- Zulu - Military abbreviation for UTC
- Z - short form of 'Zulu'
- EGST - Eastern Greenland Summer Time
- GMT - Greenwich Mean Time
- WET - Western European Time
- AZOST - Azores Summer Time
- UTC - Universal Time Coordinated
- WT - Western Sahara Standard Time
- Z - Zulu Time Zone
- GMT - GMT
- +00 -
Central European Summer Time
Offset: CEST is 2 hours ahead Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and is used in Europe
Countries: It is used in following countries: Andorra, Albania, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Gibraltar, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Sweden, Slovenia, Svalbard & Jan Mayen, Slovakia, San Marino, Vatican City
Principal Cities: The largest city in the CEST timezone is Berlin from Germany with population about 3.426 million people. Other major cities in the area are Madrid, Rome, Paris, Budapest
Daylight Saving: Central European Summer Time (CEST) is a daylight saving/summer timezone, however during winter some places switch clocks for one hour back and observe Central European Time (CET).Start: Central European Summer Time (CEST) started and clocks were set one hour forward on Sunday, 28 March 2021, at 2:00 (2:00 am) local time. End: Central European Summer Time (CEST) ends and clocks are set one hour back on Sunday, 31 October 2021, at 3:00 (3:00 am) local time.
German: MESZ - Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit
CEST representations, usage and related time zonesW3C/ISO-8601: International standard covering representation and exchange of dates and time-related data
- +02 - basic short
- +0200 - basic
- +02:00 - extended
- +0200 - sign character (+) followed by a four digit time providing hours (02) and minutes (00) of the offset. Indicates two hour and zero minutes time differences to the east of the zero meridian.
Utc Summer Time Zones
- Bravo - Military abbreviation for CEST
- B - short form of 'Bravo'
- CEST - Central European Summer Time
- EET - Eastern European Time
- MESZ - MitteleuropÃ¤ische Sommerzeit
- B - Bravo Time Zone
- CAT - Central Africa Time
- IST - Israel Standard Time
- SAST - South Africa Standard Time
- WAST - West Africa Summer Time
Original KB number: 2642044
Although time may seem like a simple human concept that lets everyone across the globe receive a meeting request and then attend the meeting at the same time, the concept is actually very complex. This article describes how Microsoft Outlook 2010 and later versions achieve this goal by using a combination of items such as Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), time zone offset, daylight saving time (DST) rules, and Windows time zone settings.
Before we examine the details of how time zone normalization works in Outlook, it is important to define some important terms.
UTC signifies Coordinated Universal Time. Think of this as the true time on planet Earth that never changes (except for minor leap seconds here and there to account for changes in the planet's rotation).
For more information about UTC, see Coordinated Universal Time.
Time zone offset
Time zone offset is the time for your geographic region in relation to UTC. For example, the Pacific Time zone is 8 hours behind UTC. Therefore, if it is 8 P.M. UTC, the time in the Pacific Time zone is noon.
Daylight saving time rules
Daylight saving time rules are the rules by which certain regions seasonally change their time zone offset. These rules include both a start date and an end date for the DST period and also the number of hours for the time zone offset. For example, in the summer, the time in the Pacific Time Zone may be calculated as UTC ‒ 7 hours, whereas for the rest year, the time is calculated as UTC ‒ 8 hours.
Windows global time zone database
Windows stores all time zone and DST rules for the whole planet in the Windows global time zone database. The database is stored in the Windows registry under the following subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionTime Zones
Windows current time zone settings
Windows current time zone settings are the settings Windows is currently using to determine the time for your computer. Of all the rules in the Windows global time zone database, only one set of DST rules can be applied. The Windows current time stores the set of rules that is currently being used to calculate time on your computer.
The Windows current time zone settings are stored in the Windows registry under the following subkey:
Computer time is the actual time that is displayed by Windows, as seen in the following screenshot of the notification area.
If you select this part of the Windows notification area, an enhanced calendar and clock are displayed.
You can select Change date and time settings to examine the current time zone settings for your computer (Screenshot for this step is listed below).
How computer time is calculated
Computer time is calculated by taking UTC time, adding an offset that is based on the time zone configured for your computer, and then optionally adjusting the offset for daylight saving time (depending on the DST rules). The formula that is used to calculate computer time is as follows:
UTC + Time zone offset + DST offset
Be aware that this method represents how people have agreed to think about the concept of time. This method is a world standard, and it is how Microsoft implements time on your computer.
How Outlook handles time zone offset and DST rules in calendar items
It might seem like a simple task to make sure that two people who have the same meeting request attend the meeting at the same time. However, when you add scenarios in which time zones are changing with different daylight saving time rules, the calculation becomes complex.
To see how Outlook handles this situation, consider the following scenario:
The meeting organizer has the following Windows current time zone settings:
Pacific Time zone (UTC‒8; DST starts on March 13, 2011; DST ends on November 6, 2011)
The meeting attendee has the following Windows current time zone settings:
Eastern Time zone (UTC‒5; DST starts on March 13, 2011; DST ends on November 6, 2011)
The meeting organizer is creating a meeting on their calendar for November 20, 2011, at 7 A.M.
Step 1 - Organizer sends meeting request with time zone information
On the organizer's computer, the meeting in the request is created to start at 7 A.M.
On the organizer's computer, Outlook sends the meeting request. The request contains the following information in the message properties:
Meeting is at 3 P.M. UTC on November 20, 2011
My time zone is Pacific (UTC‒8)
DST starts on March 13, 2011, DST ends on November 6, 2011, and the offset is +1
After the meeting is created, the government mandates a new law according to which, in the Pacific Time Zone, DST starts on February 2, 2011, and ends on December 1, 2011. Because there are new time zone rules, and the appointment falls in the time period in which a new time zone rule is applied, normalization occurs (steps 2 and 3). This normalization is depicted in the following figure.
Step 2 - Attendee's Outlook determines intended local time
On the attendee's computer, Outlook calculates the intended local time of the meeting based on the information that is included the meeting request:
Intended local time = UTC at meeting creation + offset for time zone + offset for DST at meeting creation
- UTC at meeting creation is 3 P.M. UTC
- Offset for creation time zone (Pacific) is ‒8
- Offset for DST for Pacific Time at meeting creation is 0
Intended local time = 3 P.M. UTC + (‒8 hours for time zone offset) + (0 hours for DST offset) = 7 A.M. Pacific Time
Utc Date And Time
Step 3 - Attendee's Outlook determines normalized UTC time
On the attendee's computer, Outlook normalizes the time of the meeting based on the Windows global time zone database on the attendee's computer to determine the UTC time.
UTC at meeting start = intended local time ‒ offset for time zone ‒ offset for DST
- Intended local time is 7 A.M. Pacific Time (based on the calculation in step 2)
- Offset for creation time zone (Pacific) is ‒8
- Offset for DST for Pacific Time at meeting start is +1
- UTC at meeting start = 7 A.M. intended local time ‒ (‒8 hours for time zone) ‒ (1 hour for DST)
Utc Summer Time 2021
UTC at meeting start = 7 A.M. + 8 hours ‒ 1 hour = 2 P.M. UTC
Step 4 - Attendee determines correct time for this appointment for the attendee's time settings
On the attendee's computer, Outlook converts UTC to the local computer time by using the Windows current time zone settings.
Local start time = UTC at meeting start + offset for local time zone + offset for DST at meeting start
- UTC at meeting start is 2 P.M. UTC (based on the calculation in step 3)
- Offset for local time zone (Eastern) is ‒5
- Offset for DST in Eastern Time at meeting start for local time zone is +1
Local start time = 2 P.M. UTC + (‒5 hours for time zone) + 1 hour for DST
This equates to 10 A.M. Eastern Time, attendee's local computer time, and this is the time for which the meeting is scheduled on the attendee's calendar.
One core issue is that if you do not select Automatically adjust clock for Daylight Saving Time on the attendee's computer, there can be a mismatch in the UTC offset (off by one hour) between the time zone rules in the Windows global time zone database and the Windows current time zone settings. To select Automatically adjust clock for Daylight Saving Time, select Change time zone in the Date and Time dialog box to display the Time Zone Settings dialog box (Screen shot for this step is listed below).
For more information about how to manage daylight saving time and time zone configurations and updates, see Daylight Saving Time Help and Support Center.