Recently Skype has been sending me notifications about people’s birthdays. I don’t give a shit about people’s birthdays and I don’t need Skype to remind me about them.

Well, I found a way to turn off these reminders. In Skype, go to Tools > Options > Notification settings > Display a notification in the Windows tray when someone… and uncheck “has a birthday”.


I thought that was the end of it. Except just now, I heard a little jingle. Just a little innocent jingle. Where’s that come from? I thought. The answer was Hotmail. There was a notification in Hotmail about someone’s birthday.


(The reason the above image is in French – as well as the remainder of the images in this post – is because I’ve set the language of my Hotmail account to French, so I can learn the language ‘by immersion’. So you’ll have to literally pardon my French.)

I did some research and discovered the real culprit was ‘Outlook Calendar‘. If you have a Hotmail account, then you have an Outlook Calendar. For me it’s like discovering a hidden room in my house that I never knew was there. There’s cobwebs and a skeleton lying in the corner. I’ve never seen the room before and I’m not sure I want it.

To stop the birthday notifications, first go to Outlook Calendar, click on the gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen, then click on Options.


From here, go to Reminders and uncheck “Display reminder alerts”.


Or better yet, go to Birthday calendar and select “Disable the birthday calendar” to deactivate it entirely.


Hopefully that’s it for now. I can’t image why developers thought these notifications were a good idea in the first place. I don’t care if some stranger’s birthday is tomorrow, and I don’t want a sound and/or pop-up box to remind me about it either.