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Microsoft Excel mistaken for Surf Excel, receives negative reviews on Play Store

In an amusing turn of events, Microsoft Excel app is receiving negative reviews on Play Store and even accused of being “anti-Hindu”.

tech Updated: Mar 13, 2019 19:42 IST
Marcia Sekhose
Marcia Sekhose
Hindustan Times
Surf Excel ad controversy creates confusion among users with Microsoft Excel.
Surf Excel ad controversy creates confusion among users with Microsoft Excel. (Surf Excel/YouTube)

Microsoft Excel is facing the brunt in India over an advertisement by Surf Excel. Some users are posting negative reviews for Microsoft Excel on Google Play Store mistaking it for Surf Excel.

The outrage against Unilever’s Surf Excel began with a TV commercial, which had a message for communal harmony. The ad received backlash and soon after, people started campaigning against the product online. The campaign started trending on Twitter with the hashtag #BoycottSurfExcel soon.

The campaign naturally moved to Play Store where people decided to downgrade the official Android app of Surf Excel. In an amusing turn of events, however, Microsoft Excel app became the target. If you check out the Microsoft Excel app on Play Store and scroll through the review section, you’ll see some reviews that stand out.

Users are giving negative reviews to the wrong ‘Excel’ here saying that the company is “Anti-Hindu Software”. One user even rated the app the lowest possible one star and directly attacked someone called “Bill Microsoft”.

People give down vote Microsoft Excel application on Google Play Store ( Screenshot/Play Store )

The confusion was soon noticed by the Twitter police and users were quick enough to get their troll guns out.




It’s not the first time this kind of confusion has occurred online. Back in 2017, people went after Snapdeal confusing it for Snapchat after the CEO’s remarks on India left people fuming. Similar to the Surf Excel-MS Excel incident, people started deleting Snapdeal app from their phones as a mark of solidarity.

ALSO READ: #BoycottAmazon and other times when tech companies faced wrath of offended Indians


First Published: Mar 13, 2019 10:46 IST

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