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A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel

Thirty is a ripe old age, maybe older than a good chunk of Register readers. Even for those of you for whom Excel is a spring chicken, how many applications or even operating systems are you still using of a similar age outside the Office suite? Is Windows 10 the same OS as Windows 2.0? Is that still your grandfather's axe, …

Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

Microsoft has shed light on next year's preview of Office 2019, talking up the new productivity suite as a boon for those who may prefer to work outside of the cloud. The Redmond giant says the first builds of Office 2019 will arrive in the back half of 2018. It will be considered the first major "perpetual release" version ( …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Sep 2017

Another reason to hate Excel: its Macros can help pivot attacks

A white-hat has taken a good look at whether you can pivot an attack from one machine to others using Microsoft Excel, and you probably won't like what he found. The researcher, Matt Nelson of SpecterOps (@enigma0x3) writes that he's found loose default launch and access permissions, meaning a macro-based attack doesn't need …
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Time to make up: Realtime collaboration comes to Excel

Microsoft has announced a "significant" step in Excel for Office 365 users on PCs. Users of the giant's trademark Excel spreadsheet package can now work on a document at the same time as colleagues. It means you can jointly edit Excel documents stored on SharePoint Online, OneDrive or OneDrive for Business rather than fields …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Mar 2017

Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

We shouldn't encourage readers to waste their time like this, but it's the kind blend of wonderful insanity that springs from a sysadmin with time on his hands: an enterprise instant messaging platform that runs in Excel. Of course, nobody would want to deny Microsoft the chance to stub its toe properly by writing its own …
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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

Scientific literature often mis-names genes and boffins say Microsoft Excel is partly to blame. “Automatic conversion of gene symbols to dates and floating-point numbers is a problematic feature of Excel software,” wrote Mark Ziemann, Yotam Eren and Assam El-OstaEmai, of the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Australia, …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2016

'Microsoft Office has been the bane of my life, while simultaneously keeping me employed'

Line Break Welcome back to Line Break, our weekly roundup of terrible code you've seen in the wild. Over the past six weeks, we've featured all sorts of broken or ugly source – from insecure web apps to write-once-read-never-again scientific programs. Now we turn to ... the monthly report. The sort of thing you automate ASAP with a handy …
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Microsoft emits Office 2016 for Apple Macs (you'll need Office 365)

Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Mac, which will include new versions of Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, and PowerPoint for Apple computers. To get the suite right now, you'll need an Office 365 subscription. The Windows goliath is touting the applications' revamped high-resolution user interface, which is designed to …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jul 2015
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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

Redmond's plan to get its code running everywhere took another step forward on Wednesday when it released free versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android phones. Ever since Satya Nadella took the top job at Microsoft he's been banging on about getting its software on every platform. iOS got it first, then …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jun 2015
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Delving into Office 2016: Microsoft goes public with new preview

First Look Microsoft’s Office team is in overdrive, delivering new versions this year for Android, Mac (in preview), Windows 10 Universal App Platform (in preview), and now Windows desktop, also in preview. The public preview was announced at Microsoft’s Convergence event under way in Atlanta. According to VP Kirk Koenigsbauer, the …
Tim Anderson, 18 Mar 2015

Office for Mac 2016 Preview: This letter will self-destruct in 60 days

Microsoft has released the first preview build of Office for Mac 2016, its next edition of the software for Apple PCs. The Word, Excel et al suite can now be downloaded and tested out by the anyone with an OS X Yosemite or later machine. "Office 2016 for Mac shares an unmistakably Office experience – but it is also …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Mar 2015

CloudExpo makes me thirsty. Barman, a pint of storagebeer for my friend

Storagebod It’s late notice for the CloudExpo crowd, but it has been suggested that we need another #storagebeers event and a pretty good opportunity has presented itself. The cloud conference takes place next week (11 and 12 March) at the ExHel Centre. So for those of you interested, we have decided that on the evening of 11 March we …
StorageBod, 5 Mar 2015

You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

Software engineer and Arizon Army National Guard member Vivin Paliath has explained how writing some Perl and Excel macros saw him decorated with the Army Commendation Medal, a decoration awarded “to any member of the Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself by heroism, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2014
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Microsoft throws open Excel-based biz data tools to world+dog

Following a trial program with select customers that lasted nearly half a year, Microsoft has announced general availability of Power BI for Office 365, its Excel-based business intelligence toolkit. "Today business intelligence is only used by a fraction of the people that could derive value from it," Microsoft corporate veep …
Neil McAllister, 11 Feb 2014
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Microsoft advertises Surface, Excel with maths mistake

Microsoft's Surface tablets have again embarrassed the company's bottom line, this time after failing to calculate a simple one accurately. The problem was spotted by folks at Apple Insider who noticed a San Francisco billboard advertising Redmond's latest tablet. When they peered at it closely in the image below, they noticed …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Nov 2013
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Microsoft Excel fingering, Captain Jack Sparrow clog Minneapolis election

The city of Minneapolis is facing a long wait to find out who its new mayor will be as officials wade through an election clouded by a tedious counting process. Current results show Betsy Hodges as the leader and presumptive mayor-elect in a race that is relying on hand-counts and a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to tabulate …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Nov 2013
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Microsoft offers Google-esque multi-meddling options in Office Web Apps

Microsoft has added joint editing capabilities to Office 365 apps. The company announced on Thursday the fact you can jointly and simultaneously with colleagues edit Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App and Excel Web App. Microsoft promised you could see where colleagues are editing text and formatting so you can avoid changes …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Nov 2013

I watched Excel meet 1-2-3, and beat it fair and square

I remember Lotus 1-2-3 very well. It really was as widely used as all the history-of-Lotus stories claim it was. In fact, back around, say, 1984, when almost no software package had a monopoly, Lotus already had its particular niche locked up tightly. That’s right: WordPerfect was still a serious competitor to Microsoft Word …
Dave Mandl, 31 Jan 2013

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