What Is the Name of the First Spreadsheet Program?


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VisiCalc was the first spreadsheet computer program. In 1979, this application was originally released for microcomputers having Apple II as the operating system.

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What Is the Name of the First Spreadsheet Program?
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According to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, Daniel Bricklin and Bob Frankston co-invented the software program VisiCalc for Apple II microcomputers. The name "VisiCalc" was an abbreviation for "visible calculator."

VisiCalc was the application that transformed the microcomputer into a serious business tool. VisiCalc was an instant success upon its release to the commercial market, with over 700,000 copies sold within the first 6 years, and approximately 1 million copies of the software being sold during the product's lifetime.

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