Microsoft releases Excel patch

Microsoft has released a patch tocorrect a problem in Microsoft Office Excel 2007 that
caused it to display the wrong numbers under select conditions.

The flaw was first discovered lastmonth. When two numbers whose product comes to around
65,534 or 65,535 are multiplied together, the answer is shown
incorrectly as 100,000 or 100,001. It only affected the Microsoft
Office 2007 version of Excel.

The display flaw did not affect any subsequent calculations
based on the multiplication in question, as the flaw was one of
display not of calculation, Microsoft developers said. The patch corrects this

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.


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