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The Folly of Outlook Reminders

In a large company like Yahoo!, we get invited to many, many meetings via email lists (some of which occur in different time zones). The default behavior in Microsoft Outlook is to set a reminder for these meetings, even if the user doesn’t confirm attendance. Since these calendars are usually synced to whatever devices the user has set up for their scheduling, fifteen minutes prior to any random meeting occuring hundreds of miles away, a cacophony of PDAs, smartphones, and computers around the office all begin beeping in sync.

File under YARTUT (Yet Another Reason to Use Thunderbird*).

* Or Evolution, or mutt, or pine, or…