April 21, 1988 |
Lotus 1-2-3 has been surpassed. A new spreadsheet program, called Surpass, does everything the leading spreadsheet does, plus a lot more. Surpass is one of several programs designed to compete with 1-2-3, which has dominated the spreadsheet market since it was introduced in 1983. A spreadsheet program allows you to enter words, numbers and formulas on a grid of rows and columns. If any number is changed, all formulas that depend on that number are automatically recalculated.
October 7, 1993 |
Since the first electronic spreadsheet, VisiCalc, was introduced for the early Apple computer, all spreadsheets have been designed around the same fundamental grid of rectangular cells formed by the intersections of columns and rows. But not anymore. DS Group Inc. of Greenwich, Conn., ((800) 828-8760) is direct-marketing an Italian-designed spreadsheet that doesn't have the traditional cells housing labels, data and formulas.
June 29, 1989 |
By the time Lotus Development Corp. came out with the latest version of its best-selling spreadsheet program 1-2-3 last week--18 months behind its original schedule--a number of customers had switched to other products. They bought rival programs such as Microsoft's Excel, Borland International's Quattro and Computer Associates' SuperCalc5 for performing financial and other calculations. Lotus' sales didn't dry up, however. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company continued to dominate the spreadsheet market even though its offering was out of date.
July 1, 1985 |
Many people learned about Jazz, a new integrated program for the Apple Macintosh, during the NBA championships between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. A commercial depicted a businessman working at his Mac to the tune of "You Made Me Love You." The Mac and Jazz do make a great team. For some users, it may be love at first byte. Jazz is a product of Lotus Development, the Cambridge, Mass.
June 6, 2006 |
Google Inc. will introduce a spreadsheet program today, continuing the Internet search leader's expansion into territory long dominated by Microsoft Corp. Although it's still considered a work in progress, Google's online spreadsheet will offer consumers and businesses a free alternative to Microsoft's Excel application -- a product typically sold as part of the Office software suite that has been a steady moneymaker for years.
May 26, 1988 |
Imagine a spreadsheet program that allows you to link up with a stock exchange. As the prices of your securities rise or fall, the figures in your portfolio spreadsheet change on your computer screen. At the same time, bright red bars in a small chart occupying one corner of your screen bounce up and down, instantly illustrating your fortunes (or misfortunes).