The history of Excel:- whether you love it or hate it, Microsoft Excel has long been considered the standard in the world of spreadsheets. Powerful, customisable and easy to use – millions of businesses around the world benefit from Excel’s automation of repetitive number crunching tasks every day. Capable of adapting to almost any business process, Excel does everything from analysing data to automating processes – but what inspired its creation and how has the program evolved since its inception? 

The creation of Excel:- created in 1982, Microsoft’s original spreadsheet program, Multiplan, wasn’t as popular as its creators had first hoped. With Lotus Software’s spreadsheet program, 1-2-3, easily outselling Multiplan on the MS-DOS system, Microsoft were inspired to instead create a product for Mac – which Lotus wasn’t available on. Microsoft’s Lead Developer, Doug Klunder, began work on a new spreadsheet program, setting out to ensure it could do everything Lotus 1-2-3 could do – but better. In 1985, Excel was released for Mac, with Excel 2.0 for Windows following in November 1987.

The evolution of Excel :- by 1988, Excel had started to outsell Lotus 1-2-3. This not only solidified Microsoft as a valid competitor, but helped them on their way to achieving their position as a leading PC software developer. Microsoft has updated Excel every three years or so since its original release, each update impacting the way businesses around the world are run – by making calculations, data handling and decisions increasingly easier. As Excel’s features developed, the competition wasn’t able to keep up and Excel soon cemented itself as the leading spreadsheet program for businesses across the globe.

The future of Excel :- withstanding the test of time, Excel remains the most flexible, familiar and widely used business application in the world today – making working life easier for millions. And it’s even more powerful when coupled with the use of other Microsoft Office applications like Word and Powerpoint. But what’s next for Excel? As custom solutions become ever-more prevalent in today’s big data business environment, Microsoft will need to continue to evolve Excel to rapidly-advancing user needs. Under active development, Excel’s future seems bright as a low cost but big capability tool.

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