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It’s A Good Thing There Are Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Posted by telecommatt on September 26, 2007

Yet another reason that we love OpenOffice.org. Or any number of available online office suites. (I’m still partial to Zoho Office.) Or perhaps Google Calculator might have done the trick. All of these tools are available for free so we can double check the work we do with Microsoft Office 😉

Excel 2007 can’t do math (unless 850 * 77.1 = 100,000)

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Excel 2007

While
some members of the Download Squad team may be math whizzes, some are
lucky if they can find the Windows calculator. But once it’s up and
running, we’re pretty sure that when you multiply 850 by 77.1, the
answer should be 65,535. But for some reason when you perform the same
calculation using Microsoft Excel 2007, you get 100,000.Now,
100,000 is a nice round number. Generally speaking, we like it. But in
this particular instance it’s wrong. And that’s not something we like
to see in a spreadsheet application. As it turns out, any time you
enter an equation that should result in 65,535, you’ll get 100,000.Microsoft
has been made aware of the problem and is developing a fix. But it’s a
bit surprising that the software’s been on the shelves as long as it
has been without anyone discovering this flaw. Anyone find any other
calculations that come up wrong?[via AppScout]

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