Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st May 2013 22:06 UTC
Features, Office "The first killer app was VisiCalc. This early spreadsheet turned the Apple II from a hobbyist toy to a business computer. VisiCalc came with room for improvement, though. In addition, a new architecture and operating system, the Intel-based IBM PC and MS-DOS, also needed a spreadsheet to be taken seriously. That spreadsheet, released in early 1983, would be Lotus 1-2-3, and it would change the world. It became the PC's killer app, and the world would never be the same. On May 14, IBM quietly announced the end of the road for 1-2-3, along with Lotus Organizer and the Lotus SmartSuite office suite. Lotus 1-2-3's day is done." Impressive 30 year run.
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RE: Comment by judgen
by MOS6510 on Wed 22nd May 2013 09:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by judgen"
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Despite its shortcomings I think DOS is pretty effective for work.

Its single tasking makes people focus more. No distractions.

And it's fast. It boots quick, applications start fast. Even a 286 or 386 can handle WP 5.1, Lotus 1-2-3 and dBASE IV fine.

Imagine building a new DOS machine. It wouldn't cost much. A single core CPU, some memory and some storage. Just think how many retro DOS applications a 2 GB SSD disk could hold and how fast it would be.

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