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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It was a great Program
by moonborg on Thu 23rd May 2013 13:52 UTC
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2013-05-23

I was using the program since 1983, and began developing programs since 1990. Since it used BASIC commands and Assembly Language structure, it was a great environment to develop applications.

The office where I used to work, still use those programs.

Thanks to Lotus the PC broke the 640k barrier, first with expanded memory and later with extended memory.

It was the first program that made use of context sensitive help. (for those that didn't discovered, while you were accessing a function, you press F1, and an specific help will appear)

In Lotus, I create very long conditional functions, that even Excel cannot handle/don't allow to create. If I need those conditionals in Excel then I save the document as an Excel file and presto, the function is converted.

By the way, don't forget Approach database. Is powerful enough to allow to connect various databases in a same presentation page. Excel cannot do that.

Lotus organizer is also another program I will miss.

I will miss those programs.

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