Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Birthday, Excel!

Microsoft released the first version of Excel for the Macintosh on 30 September 1985. Excel was one of the first spreadsheets to use a graphical interface with pull down menus and a point and click capability using a mouse pointing device. The Excel spreadsheet with a graphical user interface was easier for most people to use than the command line interface of DOS spreadsheet products, like Lotus 1-2-3. Many people bought Apple Macintoshes so that they could use the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program. When Microsoft launched the Windows operating system in 1987, Excel 2.0 was one of the first application products released for it.

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