Microsoft tackles Excel compliance

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It looks like Microsoft has had enough of people moaning that Excel is a particular weak spot in financial reporting and corporate governance.

In a post on his Excel 2007 blog, Microsoft Excel team manager David Gainer drew readers' attention to a new Microsoft whitepaper on spreadsheet compliance and Excel.

The short summary is that Microsoft, too, read the PricewaterhouseCoopers demolition job on end-user computing and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and it has done all it can to make sure the next release address the issues raised.

But both Gainer and the Microsoft report have some interesting things to say about the topic. What follows are some edited highlights to encourage you to read the full whitepaper (730k Word download).

Gainer sets the scene in his blog: "Over the past year, we...

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