11 Replies Latest reply: Apr 22, 2016 5:26 PM by quah
DJMc1961 Level 1 Level 1

I am having difficulty with time zones within iCloud Outlook calendar.  The main problem is flights; they begin in one time zone and often end in another, but I am not able to set the two different time zones within the one appointment.

  • fromsouth Level 5 Level 5
    expertise.icloud
    iCloud

    Why two time zones- appointment is in one location, right. Did you have same problem without icloud, just with outlook?

  • DJMc1961 Level 1 Level 1

    For example, I put flight details in for a London - Moscow flight with a 3 or 4 hour time difference.  I cannot put the start time at UK time, end time at Moscow time.  Outside of the iCloud calendar, this is no problem.  It seems to be a limitation of the iCloud calendar.

  • fromsouth Level 5 Level 5
    expertise.icloud
    iCloud

    You can try to change your time zone when you get there in www.icloud.com. Otherwise icloud is still using originally set time zone. If you could submit feedback to apple at apple.com/feedback it is possible that will change and they will integrate in Windows-outlook- icloud time zone changes. Say hi to Moscow for me.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    My recommendation is that you should use a business system for business purposes, not a free consumer grade one. Microsoft Exchange is the best such service, especially with Outlook as a client. It is not free however. Deciding how much reliable, flexible services are worth to you is of course your choice.

  • DJMc1961 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for your response.  Perhaps I did not explain sufficently from the outset, I am using MicroSoft Office Professional 2010, fully paid for, and the problem does not exist if I revert to using the Outlook data files and manual syncing; it only exist when the data is iClouded.

     

    I have seen a very similar issue raised in this forum and it would appear that multiple time zone funtion within one appointment (a flight in most cases) is not supported within the iCloud / Outlook link.  So, it would appear it is not a matter of not using a 'free consumer grade' version of software, more an absence of funtionality in the iCloud / Outlook link.  Hopefully this will be resolved in future, in the meantime, I need to un-iCloud my calendars and revert to manual syncing.

     

    Thanks anyway.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    DJMc1961 wrote:

     

    Thanks for your response.  Perhaps I did not explain sufficently from the outset, I am using MicroSoft Office Professional 2010, fully paid for, and the problem does not exist if I revert to using the Outlook data files and manual syncing; it only exist when the data is iClouded.

    My advice is the same, a free service (such as iCloud) is not appropriate for business, and a service that is barely compatible with Outlook (iCloud again) is the worst possible choice among the free services you could choose.

     

    In any free service the product is you, think about the message that sends.

  • yomanjm Level 1 Level 1

    Yo, DJMc 1961!

     

    I also travel internationally and share your pain. Prior to "upgrading" to Office 2013, I used Outlook and used Sync2 to sync my Outlook with my iPhone/iPad. To do this I had to use a setup through an Exchange account.

     

    When I "upgraded" to Office 2013, Sync2 stopped working for me. I just switched over to using the iCloud since I cannot get Sync2 to work (nor another program CompanionLink).

     

    What you might try is to enter your appointment in the Outlook calendar. You will see that you still have time zone selection for both start and end. After that, move the appointment to your iCloud calendar. I have not traveled yet after I have done this, so I don't know how this will look once I reach Europe (I go tomorrow).

     

    At least iCloud now plays better with Outlook. For me this is a no brainer for Apple to to adapt into their product iCloud. Since I travel quite a bit, this is frustrating enough for me that I would consider another operating platform, which woulb mean my leaving the iPhone/iPad products. This should be enough incentive for them to fix their "free" program if more users feel this way.

     

    My company does not offer an Exchange account for the employees.

     

    Joe

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    yomanjm wrote:

     

    Yo, DJMc 1961!

     

    For me this is a no brainer for Apple to to adapt into their product iCloud.


    Joe

    Which Apple product requires adaptation for iCloud?

  • yomanjm Level 1 Level 1

    I would say it would be iCloud itself.

     

    Outlook offers this option. iCloud was modified to incorporate the ability to make itself more user friendly with Outlook.

     

    Would there be some negative that I am overlooking as to why Apple should not make this change? They are half way there with time zone support for the start, why not for the end? Especially when one finds themselves multiple time zones away from the start?

     

    If you yourself stay in the same time zone, I can see where you would not find this important. However, for us that do travel on a regular basis, it is very important to many of us.

     

    Joe

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    yomanjm wrote:

     

    I would say it would be iCloud itself.

    Tell Apple  www.apple.com/feedback

     

    But I will be asking them not to alter their software simply because Microsoft can not be bothered to fix theirs.

     

    All in the game.

  • yomanjm Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you for the link.

     

    You have me curious. Why would you NOT want Apple to have this feature in iCloud?

     

    Microsoft does have this in their software. What do they need to fix?

     

    Joe

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    The very best sync system out there is MS Exchange, and Outlook is one of the best Exchange clients. When I use Outlook I do so with a system designed for it.

     

    iCloud is a free consumer grade system, no place for it in business at all.

  • quah Level 1 Level 1

    This is a limitation of the iCloud plugin for Outlook on Windows.  In Outlook, if you create an appointment on an Exchange calendar, you can use two timezones.  If you create an appointment on an iCloud calendar, you can't. 

     

    Here's the workaround: Create (or edit the end time of) your appointment on the iOS Calendar App.  It allows separate start and end timezones.  This works fine, but peculiarly, if you then open the appointment in Outlook, the start and end times will be correct but the end time zone won't be displayed.