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jaclaz
post Sep 29 2007, 09:56 AM
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If you are using Excel 2007, there is a nasty bug in it for a certain range of numbers:
http://www.msfn.org/board/EXCEL_2007_CALCU...OR_t105089.html

http://bink.nu/news/microsoft-confirms-exc...lation-bug.aspx

http://www.accountingweb.co.uk/cgi-bin/ite...1023&f=1026

Though I don't think anyone uses Excel for vital calculations, I am surprised at the type and seriousness of the error. (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/w00t.gif)


And yet another (if needed) confirmation to my theory:
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This issue only exists in Excel 2007, not previous versions.


Latest does not always equate to "better". (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif)

A technical analysis on the problem:
http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2007/09/26b.html

Of the various comments here:
http://blogs.msdn.com/excel/archive/2007/0...sue-update.aspx

this one struck me as being simple and to the point:
QUOTE(Thursday @ September 27, 2007 5:24 AM by Jerome)
That's why most of us are staying with Office 2000 and Windows XP.

Remember my boss was so mad when his wireless keyboard missed a key stroke. One hundred thousand became ten thousand could be a very serious mistake.

If you send out an Excel order form to order 850 pieces of $77.1 parts. The recipient open it with Excel 2007 and charge you $100,000. This is no fun.



For the record, OpenOffice.org is NOT affected by this bug, and since AFAIK it uses floating point math as well, the bla-bla-bla about this BUG being implicit in the way calculations are made appears like pure nonsense. (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/unsure.gif)

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Nuno Brito
post Sep 29 2007, 11:30 AM
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I'm also a happy Open Office user.

The latest versions have been seriously improved and I'm even starting to replace all MS Office package whenever possible. My friends are also adopting it since it's free - no more excuses for warez.. (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)

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