May 2 2016

The Story of Excel

The Story of Excel

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Do you ever wonder whatever happened to Lotus 123 and other products that once seemed to rival Microsoft Excel? If you are new to Excel you are likely to be unaware of them, or the history of Excel. The story of Excel dates back to 1982 when its predecessor was called Multiplan also marketed by Microsoft to compete against a spreadsheet program called Visicalc which was the first electronic spreadsheet program created for Personal Computers. Excel was first released for the Mac in 1985 and the personal computer version was released in 1987.

Our company, Excel and Access, LLC has been working with Microsoft Excel since day one.  One of our friends and previous Excel developers and trainers is now working at Microsoft on the Microsoft Excel team, in addition to being a Microsoft Excel MVP and author.

By 1993 Excel had overtaken Lotus 1-2-3 as the electronic spreadsheet application of choice. One of the most important  changes/additions of the Excel object model is the integration of VBA Visual Basic for Applications, aka, Macros) into Excel took the program to unprecedented levels of functionality.

The notable versions of Excel were 5, 9, Excel 97 (PC), Excel 2000 (PC), Excel 2002 (PC), Excel 2003 (PC), Excel 2004 (Mac), Excel 2007 (PC), Excel 2008 (Mac), Excel 2010 (PC), Excel 2011 (Mac), Excel 2013 (PC), Excel 2016(PC), Excel 2016 (Mac).

Would you like to know more, see the full article on one of our company websites, as this site is about “Excel Hints”, not the full story, Excel Consultant.

Excel 2016 had a host of new features and among them was one of Excel 2010’s most important feature, the PowerPivot add-in. With this feature you could use Excel and work on several 100 millions of rows of data as compared to the one million rows of Excel 2007.

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  1. The Story of Excel - Get Excel Help wrote:

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    May 3rd, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  1. Graham Davey said:

    …and Viscalc had a function which Excel still does not have – the ability to protect single cells.

    How often have you needed to protect single cells without needing to protect the whole worksheet/workbook. It was such a useful feature.

    May 3rd, 2016 at 8:13 am
  2. Gary Odenweller said:

    …just as 1-2-3 had a terrific function that Excel is missing – the ability to do a lookup based on the information contained in the cell pointer location.

    I found the @cellpointer function in 1-2-3 to be very useful. Not sure how that capability was missed for Excel.

    May 17th, 2016 at 11:14 pm

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