Thirty-five years ago this week, Microsoft Excel was born. Which means if you were born prior to 1985 you lived in a world without Excel. Unless you were born much earlier than 1985 chances are you didn’t even notice.
35 years 🥳 pic.twitter.com/YFXTJZ4npl
— Microsoft Excel (@msexcel) September 30, 2020
Of the great inventions of our time — iPods, streaming TV, Internet porn — Excel is right up there with broadband Internet and perhaps Hot Pockets.
The first electronic spreadsheet was developed in 1978 by Dan Bricklin, then a Harvard Business School student. This ancient ancestor of Excel looks quite different from what you’re used to these days, but also oddly familiar.
You kids probably don’t remember this but back in the day our computers were in permanent night mode. Some of them, anyway.
Excel made its debut on Mac systems on September 30, 1985. Two years later, it launched for Windows.
You’ve come a long way, baby!