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[2]: Comment by judgen
by ricegf on Wed 22nd May 2013 12:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by judgen"
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The fastest machine I ever owned was an old Compaq luggable with 2.5 meg RAM under DOS 3.3.

All of my applications, including WordPerfect 4.2, Lotus, and VPGraphics were loaded into a RAM disk (not like DOS could access that extra 1.8 meg directly!).

At the command prompt, I could type "wp letter[return]Dear John," without any pause, and WordPerfect wouldn't miss a single letter - it launched faster than I could type!

Today, I double-click the Word 2010 icon and wait almost 30 seconds for that lumbering sloth to drag itself off the disk and get ready to do something useful. And to save and exit, it's not "[F7]ny" - I click the File tab, which bizarrely takes over the entire screen with a complex control panel, find "Save As" which exits the control panel for the text editor again and then brings up a dialog box, and so on. Weirdness gets worse every release.

This is not progress.

Geesh, I sound just like my grandfather...

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