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Posted on May 28th, 2012 by Barry Collins

Microsoft Outlook gives Britain the day off


If you’re looking around your office this morning and wondering where everyone is, Microsoft might be to blame.

Outlook 2010 users who’ve added national holidays to their calendar may notice that Microsoft is declaring today as the Spring Bank Holiday. That, of course, isn’t the case: the Government put the Spring Bank Holiday back until next week, and added another day off for the Jubilee for good measure, to create a four-day weekend.

Unfortunately, it seems Microsoft didn’t get the memo. Or, at least, it didn’t bother to push an update to its bank holiday schedules, which were correct at the time Office 2010 was released.

Spring Bank HolIt seems we’re not the only ones being plunged into potential confusion. According to this incredibly detailed blog post at Meteor IT — which also provides instructions on how to locate and correct the Outlook calendar – at least 23 countries are suffering from incorrect holiday dates.

I suspect The British Chambers of Commerce — or some other jobsworth society — is already working out how much this is likely to cost the British economy, rounded up to the nearest £10 billion.

In the meantime, I’m off to enjoy an unexpected Bank Holiday in the sun. Toodle pip.

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12 Responses to “ Microsoft Outlook gives Britain the day off ”

  1. james016 Says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    We has to download a calendar update from Microsoft to correct the coming bank holiday dates. We had to get everyone to install it themselves.

  2. JD Says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Must have been patched – doesn’t say that on any of our Office 2010 calendars.

  3. David Says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Windows Live calendar was doing the same!

  4. Jimbob Says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    That explains why my Windows Phone also tried to let me have the day off today!

  5. Alan Says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Yep, I noticed this a few weeks back. If you go to Options, and re-select ‘Add Holidays’ it corrects them. Sureley this should have happened automatically?!

  6. Andy Says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Back in January I booked an extended weekend at a hotel based upon Outlook’s calendar. It was only two months down the line that I casually glanced at a paper calendar and with horror realised the error. Fortunately I was able to shift the days, but I have learned my lesson.

  7. DanB Says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    My Google calendar was doing the same until the weekend…

  8. Alan Says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Google Calendar has the same problem.

  9. Adam Vero Says:
    May 29th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    It does look like a patch was released with sp1, but this only changed the outlook.hol file on machines where it had not previously been customised. This would mean that if you added holidays for the first time after installing sp1, then you should have mostly correct dates (but still no “lieu” days at Christmas and New Year). If you had already added holidays before sp1, then the incorrect ones remain in your calendar – the patch does not ‘fix’ the problem in your actual calendar.

  10. Jo Buckley Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 10:14 am

    yet another reason not to rely on these Calendars too much!

  11. Paul Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Re: Alan
    Used the option to reinstall holidays, Got 2 spring Bank Holidays 28th + 4th & 5th. then deleted the 28th.

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