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Windows 1.0[edit]

There is a reference on the internet that early builds of Windows 1 (Codename Interface Manager) looked similar to this. MAybe a mention would be good? Thoughts? 75.28.168.254 (talk) 01:36, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Apple II[edit]

Wasn't it also released for the Apple II? --67.83.176.25 04:23, 5 September 2005 (UTC)

Spelling?[edit]

In the advertisement Image:Msdosad.jpg, the spelling is "Multiplan", no capital letter at the beginning of "plan". - Samsara (talkcontribs) 12:38, 24 June 2006 (UTC)


Is this abandonware? Drutt 14:39, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

Opinion?[edit]

The article concludes with the comment: "most spreadsheet users prefer Visicalc's A1 addressing style." I would suggest that most spreadsheet users have never seen Visicalc, and would be "familiar" with Excel's A1 addressing style because this is the default selection. Whenever addressing style is an issue for me, my own preference is for the R1C1 addressing style. 124.171.26.243 (talk) 10:18, 22 June 2010 (UTC)


How is the addressing style "not unlike" RPN? It should be made clear or removed? 83.227.178.89 (talk) 22:51, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

I think what is meant is that it's unconventional, like RPN, since most calculators use precedence and braces.
Also, I don't think "more efficient" is the appropriate phrase. It's just easier in the sense that a relative formula will always look the same regardless of which cell it is in, although it must be said that entering R1C1 references if very cumbersome. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.213.97.66 (talk) 09:50, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

I agree that most spreadsheet users have never seen nor heard of Visicalc; however, I don't think that means the statement is incorrect. Maybe what should be done is to modify the statement to say, "most spreadsheet users prefer the A1 addressing style introduced by Visicalc.", to make it clear that the reference to Visicalc is a reference to the inventor/introducer. Christopher Rath (talk) 12:23, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

R1C1 vs A1[edit]

Some claims that Visicalc used R1C1, while Lotus introduced A1.[1] — Preceding unsigned comment added by 193.161.96.4 (talk) 16:31, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Dan Bricklin (the author of VisiCalc) specifies the use of A1 notation in VisiCalc. [1] So, there is no controversy. The web page you reference is clearly in error, and the author of the page even notes that he has received email telling him of this error and he has removed the assertion from his write-up. Christopher Rath (talk) 13:47, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^ Power, D. J., "A Brief History of Spreadsheets", DSSResources.COM, World Wide Web,http://dssresources.com/history/sshistory.html, version 3.6, 08/30/2004