Microsoft’s Outlook Has a Y2K Bug, But with a Reduced Impact

Everyone knows Microsoft’s Outlook as one of the most perfect email clients out there. The software giant’s bet on this Office component has been great, with many improvements over the years.

This one has been shown to be immune to problems, although it has been exposed in some situations. That no-fail guarantee now seems broken, with a new bug. This one is similar to the well-known Y2K, but it has some particular characteristics.


A new Outlook situation

These flaws are always difficult to discover and often arise from random or uncalculated situations. This is where Microsoft’s latest Outlook flaw comes in, which apparently only affects the app’s calendar function.

revealed no Linkedinthe flaw shows that the year 2030 will not exist for Outlook, reverting that date to the already outdated year of 1930. The way to test this problem is not trivial and requires some steps for the user to be affected.

How to experience this glitch

Simply put, it implies that the user jumps on the calendar to 12/31/2029, using the dedicated tool. After this step, the user needs to repeat it, but now setting the next day, 01/01/2030.

What is seen, and the image below shows, is that Outlook will change the date, but it will go back 100 years straight away. Thus, the date presented is 01/01/1930. This is precisely where the flaw lies and the problem that Microsoft needs to solve, albeit with a lot of time to do so.

Outlook Y2K Microsoft bug crashes

Microsoft will fix this Y2K bug

There is still no information from Microsoft about this flaw and whether it will address it soon. You will probably wait for a next Outlook update to have this problem solved, silently.

Yes, this is far from a problem with the same dimension as the well-known Y2K, but it still needs to be solved. Microsoft had similar situations this year, but that affected other software, some associated with Outlook, albeit indirectly.


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