In 2020, scientists discovered a flaw in Excel: the program incorrectly formatted the letters and numbers that scientists used to denote genes. Excel has posted a message that it is rolling out updates for Windows and macOS to fix this.

Automatic Excel conversion makes it easier and faster to enter certain types of data, such as numbers and dates. But for scientists, this process of work, on the contrary, became inconvenient.

Microsoft has announced that it has added a feature “Convert continuous letters and numbers to a date.” The update allows you to disable automatic data conversion and makes it easier to do this, probably not only for scientists, but for all users who have encountered the problem.