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.

Years Features
1978 VisiCalc  : Basic arithmetic operations
1980 SuperCalc: Bundled with WordStar.
Solving the circular references
1982 MULTIPLAN: In collaboration with Microsoft.
R1C1 format and cell address introduced
1983 Lotus 123: Integral charting and basic graphing
1985 Microsoft Excel 1.0: Graphical interface and drop-down menu.
Capability to use the mouse pointer.
1987 Microsoft Excel 2.0: First windows version of Excel
1990 Microsoft Excel 3.0: Includes toolbars,
drawing capabilities, 3D charts
1992 Microsoft Excel 4.0: More customizable toolbars,
more shortcuts, mouse implementation.
1993 Microsoft 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
1997 Microsoft Excel 8.0: Paperclip office, assistant,
validations, a new interface for VBA developers.
1999 Microsoft Excel 9.0: Excel self-repair, holds multiple objects.
2001 Microsoft Excel 10.0: Background formulas -auditing,
identifies the errors.
2003 Microsoft Excel 2003: Support XML, a New “list range” feature.
2007 Microsoft 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.
2016 Office 365: Turn data insights, customized graphical presentation,
Share workbook, discover more about your data

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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.