Wrong week numbers in Outlook for Android (week 53 is missing for 2020)

I just realized my calendar in outlook for android is missing week 53 in 2020.  The outlook android app considers week 53 in 2020 as week 1 in 2021 which is wrong.

Please check ISO 8601 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601#Week_dates :

There are several mutually equivalent and compatible descriptions of week 01:

  • the week with the year's first Thursday in it (the formal ISO definition),
  • the week with 4 January in it,
  • the first week with the majority (four or more) of its days in the starting year, and
  • the week starting with the Monday in the period 29 December – 4 January.

So the week numbers in 2021 will always be wrong.  Week 7 is shown as week 8 in the app et cetera.  This is a design flaw in the app.

Will this be fixed?

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Hi PeteScan,

Thank you for reaching out here in the Microsoft Community Forum.

We understand that you have concerns with the week numbers indicated in the Outlook for Android specifically the Week 53 which isn’t showing in the app. Allow us to check on this and we’ll assist you in the best way we can.

As we’ve also checked this view on our end using the updated version of Outlook app in Android, we’ve seen the same view, wherein the last week of December 2020 including the three days of January 2021 shows as Week 1 for the year 2021. However, based on the reference provided in your post, it should have been Week 53 for the year 2020. Having that said, it looks like it’s by design in the app, as the database being used for the number of weeks may be different compare to what it’s shown in Wikipedia.

Here's what we've got:

We know that you’d want to get this straighten out and what we can recommend is to submit feedback about the numbering of weeks in the Outlook for Android app through its Suggest a feature option. This will help other users as well that are having the same concern. Our engineers and developers will review this entry and may have it included in future updates. For the steps and sample screenshot of how it looks like within the app, you may check here.

Or have it submitted via the UserVoice Forums page for Outlook. This will be checked by our engineers to include it in future updates once they’ve evaluated it. To post this on the page, you may click here. You may need to sign up for an account there to be able to share your idea and this would let other users to upvote the new entry that you’ll be adding.

Should you have other concerns that we can assist you with, don’t hesitate to let us know.

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Thank you.  But when I saw your uservoice.com site I felt left and abandoned without any hope for a quick-fix. ;)

It seems it's a localization issue according to

https://www.codemag.com/Article/1412001/Localization-for-.NET;-Chapter-3-Week-Numbers (thank you, Morten!)

So when US is in week 8 the rest of the world is in the correct week 7 (ISO 8601).  That means this bug will persist through 2021 until the weeknumbers gets reset again when we enter 2022.

In the desktop version of Outlook this bug could be solved somewhere deep in the settings afaik.  And the weeknumber bug/flaw/whatever wasn't fixed in Outlook for windows until 2 or 3 years ago.

It *could* be solved by using the language settings in the android phone.  Because the google calendar is also showing week 52/week 1 when language settings is set to English (United States) while it shows the correct weeknumber week 53/ week 1 when set to English (Denmark) or even English (United Kingdom).

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Thanks for getting back to us.

We appreciate the information provided in line with the week numbers in a year.

As we’ve further checked this query, the option and appearance of a calendar to show the week numbers in Outlook may vary depending on the platform being used. We’ve learned that this can be modified through the Outlook web version or Outlook.com from a browser and specify how you’d like to start the first week of the year. By changing this, week 53 is now showing from there.

On the other hand, we’re still encouraging you to submit your feedback to the Outlook for Android UserVoice, as this option is unavailable from there. We’ve even tried checking if the changes made to the Outlook web version will synchronize to the settings in the Outlook for Android, however, it still doesn’t show it and it’s by design. We’re looking forward that you post this from there and let our engineers know about this. We truly appreciate you for raising this matter to us.

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Thank you for clarifying that the web version shows the correct numbers.  But that is not really my concern.  Because the web version doesn't fit that well on a 5" or even a 6" phone screen.  And the outlook android app actually does a fine job there.

My post at uservoice got merged with a similar post.

https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/293346-outlook-for-android/suggestions/41885644-weeknummer-53-don-t-exist-in-2020

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Thanks for your response.

We appreciate you sharing the link of the post you’ve submitted in the UserVoice forums. We’d just to wait for it to be checked and evaluated at the same time.

You may monitor that thread from time to time and get updates.

Should you have other queries that we can attend to, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Regards.

Louie Del

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[...]what we can recommend is to submit feedback about the numbering of weeks in the Outlook for Android app through its Suggest a feature option.

I'm sorry, what? He's not suggesting a feature - your app does not comply to ISO 8601, which is very clearly a bug that should be fixed ASAP!

How can you even begin to suggest that compliance with standards is a feature?

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Will this be solved quickly? Planning for 2021 is now very confusing when the week numbering is wrong on the phone. This bug must be taken care of asap.

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You have to reply Louie Del.  Not Lars Rander. :)

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Hi LarsRander,

Thanks for posting here in the Microsoft Community Forum.

 

The Outlook for Android may be using a different database than the other Outlook platforms and it is by design, as we’ve also checked on our end to show it that way.

We acknowledge your concern about the actual numbering of weeks in your calendar. It’s just so happened that the option to modify when the to start the first of the year is unavailable as this writing in the Outlook for Android app. The best thing that we can recommend is to have this submitted as feedback to the UserVoice forums which is the appropriate avenue for this kind of query. Since there was already an existing post in the OneNote for UserVoice forums, you may upvote it and will be reviewed accordingly. This was the link shared.

Let us know if you may have other clarifications.

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Hi AndersHansson3,

We appreciate you bringing this to our attention.

This concern has already been reported to the UserVoice forums. We’d recommend that you upvote also the existing entry that was submitted to the UserVoice forums. Please check this link.

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