This article discusses how Microsoft Outlook schedules meeting requests
over multiple time zones.
Three factors affect the scheduling of a meeting in Outlook:
- The computer's clock setting (time).
- The computer's local time zone setting, which consists of an offset value to Greenwich mean time (GMT).
- The computer's daylight-saving time adjustment setting.
All three factors must be correct on both the meeting requestor's computer
and on each attendee's computer. Otherwise, Outlook cannot schedule the
meeting time correctly.
Outlook time stamps the message request with the Greenwich mean time for
the meeting. Outlook calculates Greenwich mean time by using the computer's
clock time, plus or minus the local time zone adjustment, minus (depending
upon the time of year) the daylight-saving time adjustment.
Assume someone in the central standard time zone during the summer
months (when daylight-saving time is in effect), wishes to schedule a
meeting at 3:00 P.M. (their local time), with a user in the Pacific time
The central standard time zone (CST) has a Greenwich mean time offset of
-6:00 hours and a daylight-saving time (DST) adjustment of +1:00 hour.
Outlook calculates the time for the meeting in Greenwich mean time, as
Local time for the meeting: 3:00 P.M. central standard time
Adjustment for CST offset: +6:00 hours
Remove DST adjustment: -1:00 hour
Resulting Greenwich mean time: 8:00 P.M. Greenwich mean time
When the attendee receives the meeting request, Outlook calculates the
current local time by using the message's Greenwich mean time stamp, plus
or minus the local time zone adjustment, plus (depending upon the time of
year) the daylight-saving time adjustment. Outlook uses this time to
schedule the meeting for the recipient.
Continuing the Example:
The Pacific standard time zone (PST) has a Greenwich mean time offset of -
8:00 hours and a daylight-saving time (DST) adjustment of +1:00 hour.
Outlook calculates the time for the meeting in Pacific standard time, as
Meeting time in GMT: 8:00 P.M. Greenwich mean time
Adjustment for PST offset: -8:00 hours
Add DST adjustment: +1:00 hour
Local time for the meeting: 1:00 P.M. Pacific standard time
: As soon as Outlook receives the meeting request it calculates the meeting time for the recipient and schedules it on the calendar. If any of the three factors listed earlier in this article are incorrect at that
time, the meeting time will be incorrect. You cannot correct the time after
the fact by correcting the factor in error; you must open the meeting
request and manually correct the scheduled time.