Human evolution has taken giant leaps, and to a large extent we are thankful to technology. We owe a lot to it, don’t we? In simple words, technology has made life easy. Meanwhile, it has developed irreverence and impiety within us.
The jargon “Respect your competitors” has a profound value to it, and what we would like to add to it is “Appreciate their work and contributions in the past & present”.
Let me walk you through a journey of our ancestors.
The Spreadsheet Evolution!
The word "spreadsheet" came from "spread" in its sense of a newspaper or magazine item that covers two facing pages, extending across the center fold and treating the two pages as one large one. The compound word "spread-sheet" came to mean the format used to present book-keeping ledgers.
It all started like this:
Brainchild of Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston. Developed for Apple II in 1979 and later for IBM PC in 1981. In initial two years it turned the tables around for
Apple from being a hobbyist's toy to a useful tool for business. Apple owes a lot to them.
VisiCalc was the first spreadsheet that combined all essential features of modern spreadsheet applications, such as WYSIWYG interactive user interface, automatic recalculation, status and formula lines, range copying with relative and absolute references, formula building by selecting referenced cells.
Released in 1983, it displaced VisiCalc the very same year, and for a number of years was the leading spreadsheet for DOS.
In the meanwhile Apple worked hard for getting its market share, AppleWorks was one of the first integrated office suite for personal computers, featuring a word processor, spreadsheet, and database merged into a single program. It was written by Rupert Lissner and released in 1984.
Later, Microsoft developed Excel on the Macintosh platform for several years, and then ported it to Windows 2.0. The Windows 3.x platforms of the early 1990s made it possible for Excel to take market share from Lotus.
Web based spreadsheets
- Google Docs
- Office Web Apps
- Zoho Office Suite
And, CollateBox is very proud to join the league.
Respect and honor to all who have contributed in spreadsheet evolution!!
Disclaimer: Data collated from Wikipedia. You can also add information (as a comment) about the firms whose mention has not been done on the post.