“AD from 1992 from Microsoft: Top Comments of the week”

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“AD from 1992 from Microsoft for another accounting sheet manager programming for Windows and Macintosh only”

 

A Leap into Microsoft’s Past:

In the dynamic realm of accounting software, Microsoft’s 1992 advertisement unveiled a groundbreaking chapter in the company’s history. This pivotal moment saw the introduction of a cutting-edge accounting sheet manager programming exclusively designed for Windows and Macintosh platforms.

Evolution of Accounting Software: A Brief Overview

Shaping the Digital Landscape:

The 1990s marked a significant era in the evolution of accounting software. As businesses increasingly transitioned to digital platforms, the demand for sophisticated accounting solutions surged. Recognizing this paradigm shift, Microsoft spearheaded the development of an unparalleled accounting sheet manager.

Microsoft’s Vision: Redefining Efficiency

In 1992, Microsoft’s vision went beyond conventional software. They aimed to redefine efficiency in financial management, offering users a seamless experience that would set a new standard for accounting tools.

Top Comments of the week:

"Top Comments of the week: AD from 1992 from Microsoft"

Crazy that the interface is almost the same 31 years later. Especially the drag function is something I wouldn’t expect to see in 1992.

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this commercial also depicts everything I know how to do in Excel to this day
"Top Comments of the week: AD from 1992 from Microsoft"
And still do on a daily basis in my case!
"Top Comments of the week: AD from 1992 from Microsoft"
I will leave that to the spreadsheet jockeys while I do the work that actually makes money
"Top Comments of the week: AD from 1992 from Microsoft"

When it works, don’t screw with it.

Now if they’d quit changing Windows.

"Top Comments of the week: AD from 1992 from Microsoft"

In one of the generations of Excel, the programmers had everything working perfectly ahead of time, so they added an Easter egg of a game.

I knew a guy who was so in love with Excel, that he used it to create a word processor because he despised Microsoft Word so much.

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I remember that from high school! I think it was once you got to WC2000 you could launch a game where you’d drive a car and shoot cars full of bad guys who are software pirates lol

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What do mean? You really don’t like having ads pop up for random shit when you’re trying to search for a settings option?

Typing in ‘sleep’ in the search bar and then getting a bunch of mattress listings is the best!

We take stuff like Excel for granted, myself included, but this puts it in perspective how revolutionary something like Excel and Word were.

That changed for me when circa 2008 I was running my own computer repair business one of my clients, who ran a paving company, asked me whether I could create a program for him that would help him do the calculations related to road paving projects for which he had to estimate cost and materials, which he was currently doing longhand.

He was an engineer and had this formula for estimating materials used, costs, area, etc: it was pretty complex. Suffice to say I learned a lot about road paving and grading.

I had no experience with Excel. However, I decided that Excel would work for what he needed.

I ended up designing a program within Excel, replete with all these quite complex calculations (that were hidden).

From then on all he had to do was to open this particular spreadsheet (read only, and protected of course) and punch the measurements data into the fields I had created, and it would spit out all kinds of data related to the amount of materials (asphalt, base, rock, etc) he would need for x area, and the various costs, both to him, and to the customer.

It was like a beautiful little computer program within a spreadsheet. I really enjoyed designing it, making it look good and function appropriately.

After I mastered it he asked me to create several more versions for him to do different calculations.

He loved my company after that.

I was pretty proud, too. Had no idea Excel could rock like that.

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The United States military would fail to operate without Excel and PowerPoint.
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US businesses would fail to operate without Windows Office.

"AD from 1992 from Microsoft: Top Comments of the week"

Prior to office, there was Lotus 123, Microsoft Works, and Word Perfect.

"AD from 1992 from Microsoft: Top Comments of the week"

Those were the spreadsheets that the other guys on the elevator were talking about. When Excel came out, it blew everything out of the water.

"AD from 1992 from Microsoft: Top Comments of the week"

I learned how to use spreadsheets on Lotus123 on a dos pc. Some of those keyboard shortcuts still work in excel today.

"AD from 1992 from Microsoft: Top Comments of the week"

Good thing they’ve never had to update them.

"AD from 1992 from Microsoft: Top Comments of the week"

In the early 90s, the military used Lotus 123. I worked in a computer repair shop where we used to fix everything instead of tossing because of cost. The good old days. Anyway, we all became so good that we could walk people off a cliff, over the phone, with all the programs. It’s amazing to witness the evolution of everything.

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