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Oh, and Micronesia. At least according to Wikipedia.

So why does pretty much every US based service that caters to a worldwide audience use mm/dd/yyyy as a date format

Latest example this hour is VS team services "Access issues with Visual Studio Team Services – 5/25 – Investigating". 5/25 = 25 May. That's easy. But when I see 6/7 or 10/8 I have to manually check the site and see what culture they are based in.

No one in the US (I'm guessing - apart from ex-pats) worry about this. Or are probably even aware of this issue. Everyone else in every other country is aware of this issue. Everyone in Canada manages to deal with it. And I don't know how their brains don't explode.

Canada uses dd/mm/yyyy. Except when it uses mm/dd/yyyy because either it's a US based company, they are using a US based system, they are trying to be nice to their US based customers, because they just forgot to use dd/mm/yyyy or because they know it's me and so they deliberately use an ambiguous date format to do my head in. Date formats in Canada are totally and completely messed up.

So: Why, in this day and age, do those in the US, when writing for an international audience, still use mm/dd/yyyy?

(And I'll add another one: Why do companies in the US find it impossible to ship outside the US? It's very odd)

OK, back to hitting refresh several times a second waiting for Team Services to come back online.
cheers
Chris Maunder

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