Anyone out there debugging PowerPoint?


Note the horizontal scrollbar which gives an idea of the size of the text box (and of this bug)

Note the horizontal scrollbar which gives an idea of the size of the text box (and of this bug)

This thing is so obvious that I didn’t even bother to report it to Microsoft. The more surprised I am seeing that this error just survived another major 300+ MB update.
All readers who have ever right-aligned a text box in PowerPoint — so I guess approximately everyone — will have noticed in their latest edition for Mac that the box grotesquely grows to the left when you write in it, in no proportion to the amount of text and far beyond the slide margins.
This has all kinds of awkward consequences, e.g. when you decide to switch to left-aligned again later, and is the kind of bug that would almost deserve an update of its own. But Redmond doesn’t seem to even use its own products, otherwise they couldn’t have left this unfixed for so long now.
They’re not using Macs, are all working on PCs? Well, as a matter of fact the same bug was in the big public beta for the current Windows Office. Haven’t bought the final product though, so I don’t know whether it’s been fixed there.
And to close this, this bug is only the most manifest true bug on top of the generally unstable text behavior in self-defined, i.e. non-template text boxes.
This deepens my impression that Microsoft’s after-release care of its products is limited to security holes these days (which they probably outsource to some Kasperski or Norton anyway).

shortlink to this post: http://wp.me/pbfMz-deLY7

There used to be some programmers at Microsoft …

There used to be some programmers at Microsoft …

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