Lotus 1-2-3

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Software on windows: Excel  Lotus 1-2-3
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At one time, 1-2-3 was the world standard for spreadsheets. But somewhere along the way, Excel took over. Currently, 1-2-3 is a distant second in spreadsheet market share.

A problem with 1-2-3 is that it is not consistent. It seems that every new release of 1-2-3 sports a different user interface. Therefore, when someone says, "I know how to use 1-2-3," the response should be, "Which version?"

The table below lists some of the versions of 1-2-3 that you may encounter.

Version Released Comments
Release 1A 1983 For DOS. This is the product that gave Lotus its start, and knocked the socks off of VisiCalc.
Release 2 1985 For DOS. Lots of improvements, including add-in support, better memory management, more rows and support for math coprocessors. Release 2.01 was released in 1986.
Release 3 1989 For DOS. Designed for higher-end systems (did not replace Release 2). Featured 3-D workbooks, multi-file support, better graphics, access to external database files.
1.0 for Windows 1991 Essentially a Windows version of Release 3. Most analysts found this product to be very disappointing and buggy.
4.0 for DOS 1993? Information not available
4.0 for Windows 1993 Completely redesigned. Better, but no cigar.
5.0 for Windows 1994 Lots of enhancements and design changes. Still better, but lacking in many areas.
1-2-3 97 1997 Long overdue, the first 32-bit version of 1-2-3. Very different interface, introduced InfoBoxes, and support for LotusScript. For many, this product is considered "too little, too late."
1-2-3 Millennium Edition 1998 New features include: more rows, improved Y2K support, "ask the expert" help, new @functions, internet support, better Excel compatibility, ViaVoice support.

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