Microsoft pays $5,000 for flute

A fruity girl has shot to worldwide fame by being really very good at using Microsoft Office. Where was she this morning when we couldn’t find the bleeding character map? Those déjà vus don’t write themselves.

Yes, the anticipated “2011 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office” has come to a close, where 15 year old Rebecca Rickwood, from Cambridgeshire beat 79 finalists in a gruelling battle as the world watched on. But did she beat Office 97’s Fright Stimulator easter egg? We dunno.

Rickwood can now tell every temping agency to bog off with its Office proficiency tests. She didn’t think she’d win the top accolade, Rickwood told the Telegraph, but she was told she had the best score out of all the UK entries, so off she went to San Diego to battle for a $5,000 prize. TechEye can’t confirm if there were any other entries from the UK. There were 228,000 entries altogether .

Previous winners were all Asian, coming from China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Japan. “There a lot of Asians here, who usually get all the top prizes,” she told the Telegraph

Expertise in Volish dogma is clearly handed down between generations – with Rickwood’s mum teaching Microsoft products to students at her school.

Honestly, this is the first we’ve heard about an Excel competition, but we’re glad someone’s flying the flag for Britain as we prepare for a disastrous Olympics next year.  

Rebecca hopes to work with computers, and will use her $5,000 prize money to buy a very expensive flute.