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Is the world ready for the end of Excel?

Spreadsheets have been around for as long as people have needed to keep records and make calculations. In ancient times, wax tablets were used to keep records.

When the computer came along, Visicalc and Lotus 1-2-3 were the ‘killer applications’ that spurred sales of Personal Computers and took the idea of computers from the realm of geeks and academics and into the world of business.

Today there are dozens of different spreadsheet applications available. But over the years the basics of spreadsheets and how people use them have remained static. Isn’t it about time things changed so people can work smarter?

 

What’s wrong with Excel?

Excel is ingrained in business. It’s ubiquitous on computers running Windows – and more than a few Mac-based devices as well – everyone knows how to at least do the basics, and people can often be reluctant to change.

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Dan Swinhoe

Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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