Spreadsheets - A Brief History

Spreadsheets became commercially available in the 1980's with the launch of VisiCalc, heralding a new era in business budgeting, forecasting and financial planning. Although spreadsheets had been around on mainframes since the 1960's, VisiCalc ran on more affordable microcomputers putting the spreadsheet within the reach of small and medium-sized businesses.

The simple concept of rows and columns, which accountants had used for years to manually calculate financial projections, now took on a completely new dimension with the ability to add mathematical formulae, which calculated results automatically in a fraction of the time it used to take by hand.

VisiCalc was eventually purchased by Lotus Development Corporation in 1985 and discontinued in favour of its more popular Lotus 123, which went on to become one of the most successful software products of all time.

The power of spreadsheets and their huge potential for financial forecasting and helping managers analyse complex information didn't go unnoticed by Bill Gates. In 1985 Microsoft launched its first version of Excel. Since then, Excel has become the de facto standard for spreadsheets and is now pervasive in companies throughout the world.

Excel Spreadsheets & Templates

Our Excel spreadsheets for financial planning and control are available in two versions. The full versions are powerful financial modelling tools to help small and medium size businesses simplify their budgeting, forecasting and credit control functions. The “Lite” versions of our spreadsheets are designed as templates for further development or as simple financial tools for small business.

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