All old things become new again

When I was in high school, I learned about a feature of Excel called “Conditional Formatting”. It’s a very useful feature, and it’s pretty much self-described: it varies the formatting of cells based on which of a set of conditions the contents of the cell match.

For instance, when doing a budget, you can have any negative amounts automatically coloured red; any cell containing “John” could turn blue, while cells containing “Mary” turn pink.

8 years later, it’s good to see that this tried-and-tested feature isn’t considered old, stale or passe – no, it’s still a new feature!

Is it false advertising to lead users to believe that a feature only belongs to the newer version, which they have to pay money to upgrade to, when it’s in fact an old feature that they’ve been able to use for the better part of a decade?

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