Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Sep 2005 17:06 UTC, submitted by Saad
Apple Apple Computer without VisiCalc would have been an entirely different company. VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet, was a major cause of the success of the Apple II, and attracted the attention of IBM to the microcomputer market. Read about VisiCalc at creator Dan Bricklin's site and a brief history at Braeburn.
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RE: The good old days
by Earl Colby pottinger on Sun 4th Sep 2005 20:28 UTC in reply to "The good old days"
Earl Colby pottinger
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Patents probably would not work anyway as spreadsheets already existed in accounting.

The control squences were probably copyrightable but Lotus 1-2-3 used a diffirent set than Visicalc's.

And yes, most spreadsheeting does not need all the features found in modern code. A stripped down spreadsheat would be a lot faster and easyier to use. But it would probably fail for the same reason you rarely see people use WordPad instead of Word ... People are lazy and don't want to have to think about what is the best tool for the job. Learn one thing once and use it for all things, even if it is a pain in the &*^*(&^%^^%

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