History of Microsoft Excel
Excel invented in the year 1978 by software pioneer Dan Bricklin, who started up Software Arts with Bob Frankston and created VisiCalc.
The current version of Excel application is part of office 365 package, provided by Microsoft Corporation.
Below we can see the journey of Excel spreadsheet.
|1978||VisiCalc : Basic arithmetic operations|
Bundled with WordStar.|
Solving the circular references
In collaboration with Microsoft. |
R1C1 format and cell address introduced
|1983||Lotus 123: Integral charting and basic graphing|
Excel 1.0: Graphical interface and drop-down
Capability to use the mouse pointer.
|1987||Microsoft Excel 2.0: First windows version of Excel|
Excel 3.0: Includes toolbars,|
drawing capabilities, 3D charts
Excel 4.0: More customizable toolbars, |
more shortcuts, mouse implementation.
Excel 5.0: Multiple sheets, support VBA, |
record macro and automate the work.
|1995||Microsoft Excel 7.0: First 32-bit version faster and stable|
Excel 8.0: Paperclip office, assistant, |
validations, a new interface for VBA developers.
|1999||Microsoft Excel 9.0: Excel self-repair, holds multiple objects.|
Excel 10.0: Background formulas -auditing,|
identifies the errors.
|2003||Microsoft Excel 2003: Support XML, a New “list range” feature.|
Excel 2007: Different formats|
.xlsx for data only
.xlsm for macros
Introduction of the ribbon system.
|2010||Microsoft Excel 2010: Sparklines, image editing capabilities.|
|2013||Microsoft Excel 2013: Powerview, flash-fill, 50 new functions.|
365: Turn data insights, customized graphical presentation,
Share workbook, discover more about your data
Uses of Microsoft Excel
- Store data (text/number)
- Perform all mathematical, statistical, financial calculations
- Perform logical calculations
- Graphical presentation
- Excel VBA to automate the repetitive work and save time.