Outlook: let’s update your appointments!

The second thing I do when unlocking my PC in the morning is open Outlook (the first of course is to check any IMs).  Today Outlook greeted me with a dialog to update all my appointments to a new time zone.  Except, I haven’t moved to any new time zone.  I haven’t touched my date settings.  I haven’t installed any updates recently.
 
Probing further into the dialog it informed me it was updating the appointments from:
(GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US&Canada) to
(GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US&Canada) (Update)
 
It also provided a few examples showing some of the changes.  Nice touch.  It looked like it wasn’t going to do any harm, so I swallowed and hit OK.
 
Here’s the dialog showing while it was doing the process:
 
A sample of the log:
 
[Original Time Zone]
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US && Canada)
[New Time Zone]
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US && Canada) (Update)
[Time Zone Update Log]
Type: Appointment
ID: 040000008200e00074c5b7101a82e0080000000060efaf8952b6c601000000000000000010000000c9174002c3979a47898c03220fa279e1
Subject: MVP Global Summit 2007
Old Start Time: Monday, March 12, 2007 5:00 AM
New Start Time: Monday, March 12, 2007 5:00 AM
Old End Time: Friday, March 16, 2007 5:00 AM
New End Time: Friday, March 16, 2007 5:00 AM
Recurring: No
Result: Success
 
It took a good 10 minutes for it to process all 999 appointments, but the process seemed to be completely successful and all the dates and times of my appointments stayed the same.  My guess is this "update" is for the newer time zone changes this year for daylight saving time but why today it decided to pop this up I have no idea.
 

Posted on January 8, 2007, in Computers and Internet. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. hahahahahahahaha!!!  Interesting!  I\’m not alone!  This happened to me as well — twice in fact.  Very odd.  Like you, it didn\’t look like it was going to do any harm…but it was slightly disturbing. 🙂

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