Appointment Set on a Smartphone while in a Different Time Zone
by Luke Chung, FMS President
When travelling in Texas recently, I received an
email for a noon lunch appointment the following week. So I
added it to Outlook on my
Windows Phone as usual.
Unfortunately, I missed
the appointment because when I returned home to Eastern time,
the appointment appeared on my calendar as 1 PM (noon in
Texas) and I stood her up. It was rude, embarrassing, and bad for
I actually saw the appointment on my calendar
earlier in the morning and thought it was weird
that I had scheduled 1 PM. I just presumed my
calendar was correct since it has always kept
better track of time than me.....until I
received a text saying, "Where are you?"
Why Was My Appointment Wrong?
When you create an appointment in Outlook on a
laptop/desktop, it uses the PC's time zone. It doesn't matter
where you are, the time zone doesn't change unless you change
When you create an appointment on a
smartphone, it uses its clock which is
automatically adjusted to the current time zone.
A noon appointment in Texas remains a noon
appointment in Texas time, so when I returned to
Virginia, it became 1 PM and I'm late! To
avoid this, be careful when creating
appointments while visiting another time zone.
You need set it to the time "back home".