Friday, October 9, 2009

30 years of VisiCalc

Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston released a small program in 1979 for the Apple ][ computer that changed history. VisiCalc was the first spreadsheet program, and turned the personal computer into a serious business tool.

This month (October) marks the 30th anniversary of VisiCalc. While the DOS version of VisiCalc wasn't released until 2 years later, I thought it important to take a moment to celebrate this important milestone in PC history.

For those of you that are not familiar with VisiCalc, you are probably working with Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet applications. Under FreeDOS, you may have used AsEasyAs—which is still available. These spreadsheets still market themselves around some of the basic features first introduced in VisiCalc.

For those of you that are familiar with VisiCalc, take a moment to think back to what it allowed us to do. You can romanticize the memories—remember the good, gloss over the frustration. Please post your thoughts in the comments, below.

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