History of Microsoft Excel

February 16, 2015


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Think Excel doesn’t belong on Macs? Think again!

The first version of Microsoft Excel rolled out in 1985 exclusively on Macs, with the Windows version coming two years later in 1987. Microsoft’s new program, Excel, pushed out the at-the-time popular Lotus 1-2-3 program and solidified Microsoft’s role in the software world.  Microsoft Excel featured an intuitive interface and the ability to perform complex calculations with graphing tools. In 1993 Microsoft decided to bundle Excel with the Microsoft Office Suite, effectively confirming its dominance in the spreadsheet world.

Here is a short video of Bill Gates unveiling Microsoft Excel for Windows in 1987: Link to Video 

Microsoft continues to add features and upgrades to Excel every two years or so since 1985.

Below are images of Excel in its earlier years. As you can see the program hasn’t changed much visually, but the tools and computation ability has vastly improved throughout the years. 

Microsoft Excel 1.06:

Microsoft Excel 4.0:

Microsoft Excel 95:

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