Microsoft Outlook 2013: Add holidays to the calendar

When you first use Outlook 2013, there aren’t any holidays on the Calendar. But fear not, you can add holidays for one or more countries.

  1. Click File > Options > Calendar.
  2. Under Calendar options, click Add Holidays.
  1. Check the box for each country whose holidays you want to add to your calendar, and then click OK.

If a country's or region's holidays are already added to your calendar, the box for the country is checked in the Add Holidays to Calendar dialog box. If you click OK, the holidays are added and duplicates are created.

 Note    The holiday information that’s provided with Outlook 2013 includes Gregorian calendar years 2012 through 2022. If you’re using a non-Gregorian calendar, holidays that occur during the same time period are included.

Delete holidays and events

  1. In Calendar, click View > Change View > List.
  2. Select the holidays you want to delete. To select multiple rows, press the Ctrl key, and then click the Calendar icon to select more rows.
  3. Click Home > Delete.

 Tip    To quickly delete all of the holidays for a country, click the Location column heading to sort the list of events so all of the holidays for a country are grouped together.

My holidays are missing

If you’ve been using Outlook for a few years, your calendar may be missing holidays for 2013 and beyond. Follow the steps above to add holidays.

 Note    If you see a message that says holidays are already installed and asks if you want to install them again, click Yes.

Add holidays confirmation dialog box

Air rescue and transport service uses Office 365 to help save lives

Today's post was written by Gerold Biner, Chief Executive Officer and Pilot, Air Zermatt.

Somebody asked me the other day why we chose Microsoft Office 365 for our business. It didn’t take me very long to give my one-word answer: savings. Office 365 helps us save a substantial amount of money and time. It also helps us save lives. Let me explain.

About 20 percent of what we do each year involves alpine rescue missions. In fact, Air Zermatt holds the record for the highest-elevation air rescue in history—23,000 feet. Obviously, to perform these daring missions, our pilots and crews need to have amazing skill and years of training. But they also need to have accurate navigation and flight plan information at their fingertips. That’s where Office 365 comes in.

We used to keep all of our safety manuals, navigation charts, and other kinds of vital information on paper. Pilots would carry big binders with them on board the aircraft. These documents constantly needed to be updated, and tracking all of the changes made to paper-based files took time away from other important tasks. It also meant that employees needed to be physically at the air base to access the current version of important documents.

I was flying a client of ours to do some helicopter skiing in the Himalayas when I started telling him about the difficulties we were having in managing documents. He was the CEO of IOZ, an IT firm based in Switzerland. And he described how, with SharePoint Online in Office 365, we could move all of our documents into the cloud so that employees could access the latest versions from almost anywhere. He explained that our subscription would also include email, calendaring, and collaboration tools—all supported and financially backed up by Microsoft. I was in.

Now that we have Office 365 and we’ve migrated thousands of pages of documents to SharePoint Online, things are so much easier. In fact, office staff will save approximately five hours a week and pilots will spend at least 20 fewer minutes preparing for each flight. By integrating our flight reservation system with SharePoint Online, we also estimate that we’ll save US$200,000 a year on lower fuel and personnel costs, because our team will be able to plan and coordinate trips more efficiently.

Most importantly, Office 365 will help us optimize our flight operations and improve safety. With access to the right information at the right time on whatever device they want to use—whether it’s their laptop, their smart phone, or their iPad—our air crews have one less thing to manage. As a pilot, I know the importance of focus, especially during a challenging rescue mission. And with Office 365, I can stay more focused on what I love—watching the world go by at 200 miles an hour.

To read more about how Air Zermatt is using Office 365 see their case study here.

To see a video on how Air Zermatt is using Office 365 click here

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SharePoint Online Extensibility & Customization

During this extremely fun and demo-rich session, Matthew Burnett really shows IT Pros the power--and simplicity--of SharePoint Online development. During this session, he explains the power users and/or designers can easily perform in-browser customizations as well as "no-code solutions" in SharePoint Designer 2010. Next, he moves to solutions for developers using tools such as Sand boxed solutions and Microsoft Silverlight®. Click on the video below to start viewing. It can be viewed in full screen mode.