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Bug: Erroneous notifications RRS feed

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  • I observed the same happening just a couple of days ago. Opening a spreadsheet (but NOT saving it) causes a notification in the folder sidebar syaing that I updated it.
    This only seems to happen with Excel files and (unfortunately) I can't repro on demand.

    I wonder if an auto-save function within Excel is causing a problem (I'm no Excel expert I'm afraid)?

    Has anyone else seen this happen?


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    Wednesday, July 9, 2008 12:45 PM
  • Hi Jamie,

    Unfortunately (for Live Mesh notifications) Excel writes to the file when opening it.  We currently pick this up as ‘file changed’ which then causes the News notification “XXX changed foo.xls”, so that's what you're seeing.

    Sorry for the confusion,

    Ben.
    Wednesday, July 9, 2008 6:09 PM
  • Hi Jamie,

    Incidentally, since you think the issues may be related, I've been talking with various team members about the concerns you raised in this thread, and I'm hoping to get someone who knows more than I do about this particular area to come in and post a reply there.

    Thanks for your patience,

    Ben.
    Wednesday, July 9, 2008 6:21 PM
  • Ben [Live Mesh] said:

    Hi Jamie,

    Unfortunately (for Live Mesh notifications) Excel writes to the file when opening it.  We currently pick this up as ‘file changed’ which then causes the News notification “XXX changed foo.xls”, so that's what you're seeing.

    Sorry for the confusion,

    Ben.

    Bah, that's annoying. I bet other people get tripped up by this as well. The real problem comes when a person that is sharing the file with someone else opens the xls for the purposes of viewing and then their friend doesn't understand why, later on, they get a conflict. And then they argue and fall out (we did :) )

    Thanks for the info Ben.

    Mind you, it doesn't explain why in this screenshot: http://cid-550f681dad532637.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Public/Misc/mesh%7C_timings%7C_error.jpg?wa=wsignin1.0 the last modified date on the file tallies with the less recent notification. Oh my head's spinning.... :)

    -Jamie



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    Wednesday, July 9, 2008 6:40 PM
  • Ben [Live Mesh] said:

    Hi Jamie,

    Incidentally, since you think the issues may be related, I've been talking with various team members about the concerns you raised in this thread, and I'm hoping to get someone who knows more than I do about this particular area to come in and post a reply there.

    Thanks for your patience,

    Ben.



    Superb, thank you very much. I'm happy to provide input where I can.
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    Wednesday, July 9, 2008 6:41 PM