Trivia – Why is OOF – OOF?

OOF is a term which is used a lot inside Microsoft, meaning ‘Out Of Office’ – but the reason it is OOF and not OOO is that the command to set your out of office status in the old Xenix mail system, was OOF – or Out Of Facility…

Now you know! 🙂


Comments (5)
  1. BlakeHandler says:

    Gee I thought that "I" was old because I’m always explaining where "CC:" and "BCC:" comes from to the younger staff members I train — but dang "OOF" that’s a great piece of trivia. And even better, I don’t feel as old – ha ha

  2. David says:

    My company uses ‘OOP’ for Out-Of-Plant for the same thing.  It takes a while to learn each companies weird acronyms…

  3. Loke Uei says:

    damn! did not occur to me at all until you mentioned it! thanks for the explanation. 🙂

  4. I’m pretty sure I’m on vacations, that explains some lack of activity here lately.

    The Inheritance…

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