Excel makes a mistake

A billion accountants would not be happy, but it turns out Excel does have a weakness: it’s possible to make a mistake with the slip of a finger. How embarrassing that Microsoft’s own marketing highlights this, as brought to my attention by the Register.

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…they noticed something fishy.

Check the details here.

I especially liked this:

…but somebody forgot to press F9 in order to recalculate the spreadsheet formulae. The result is the error in the ad and, doubtless, a very nasty meeting between Microsoft and ad agency about to land in someone’s calendar.