Outlook for Mac missing support for dual time zones

One of the things one discovers when moving from Windows to Mac and still using the Microsoft Office package is that the Windows and Mac packages look similar but they are for sure not the same. There are number of small features here and there throughout the package that are missing on the Mac.

Outlook Calendar support for dual time zone is one of these examples.

The Outlook Calendar on Windows can support two timezone (see here how to set it up). It is very useful feature and has been available on Windows for many years. When enables the Calendar shows on the left side a dual hour stripe instead of the single timezone that is enabled by default. Not a huge thing but still it is a very convenient feature. For me it is important as I am located in the US but working closely with a team in India. Every time i setup a meeting it is very useful to remind myself what is the time for the people on the other side of the line.

When i switched to Mac and installed Outlook 2011 for the Mac i was surprised to find out that dual timezones is not supported on the Mac. Doing some searches it was confirmed that this is indeed missing feature (see here for example of discussions on this).

Last week i did the upgrade to the new rev of Outlook that is called “Outlook for Mac for Office365”. It is positioned as an equivalent to Outlook for Windows 2013. One of the things i was hoping to get from the upgrade was more consistent feature parity between Office for Windows and Office for Mac. And specifically the much needed, dual time zone support. But it is not there. At least as of November 2014 this is a missing feature.

There are other questions regarding the upgrade such as in what way it is connected to Office365 (as my company is using Exchange installed on-premises) but that is a point for another post.

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Author: dave

Consider myself kid in soul and naive by choice. I am interested in people, technology and business and thrive when they all work together. My favorite quote and motto is that “You can fool some people some times but you cant fool all the people all the time” ― Bob Marley

6 thoughts on “Outlook for Mac missing support for dual time zones”

  1. Over 1 year later, and this issue with time zone is still not resolved. That and many other issues I was hoping to see solved with this latest update. They can’t honestly ignore that, it’s really something very much needed in such an international connected environment. Mac users really don’t seem to be their priority…

  2. Have switched to Mac (against advice of IT) since everybody praises the ease of use and productivity gains… and ran into the same issue. I failed to believe it was a possible omission until I read your post. In general, I find Office for Mac to be more consumer grade than anything else. Those who travel a lot and work with several remote teams probably understand this, while die-hard Apple fans will not.

  3. 2017 – and the feature doesn’t exist in the local mac 2016 outlook client nor does it exist in Office 365 browser based version! Wow.

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