Date Added: Oct 2009
The first modern spreadsheet was VisiCalc from Software Arts created in 1979 for the Apple Mac. This same design is common in spreadsheets today. This was quickly followed by spreadsheets for other platforms such as Lotus 1-2-3 and SuperCalc. Although Microsoft's Excel ultimately won the battle for the desktop spreadsheet it was not because it was better or easier to use. Applications such as Quattro Pro from Corel were faster and more reliable. However MS Excel was part of an integrated Office suite - the data could be copied into MS Word and PowerPoint, and this transportability was enough of a reason to put up with the quirks and relatively poor performance of the early Excel versions.