• Describe the program, what it does, what kind of hardware it runs on, and what other software it is tied into.
• Identify who makes it, and what other kinds of software they make. To the degree that you can, perhaps by reviewing the company's web site, provide a history of the software and how it developed to its present state.
• Briefly outline the benefits you see coming to the users of the software as a result of using it.
• If possible, describe some of your history with the program and any interesting experiences you've had with it. If you had a choice, what more features you would like to add? How they would impact your productivity?
• Conclude with a few sentences providing your own personal overall evaluation of the software and why you make this assessment
The program that I have chosen to write about is Microsoft Excel. Excel is a spreadsheet that allows you to create professional spreadsheets and charts. Microsoft Excel can run on any windows based or Mac operating system X. Microsoft Excel can be purchased separately or as part of the Microsoft Office package.
Excel is made by the Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft is famous for its OS windows. Microsoft also makes Microsoft PowerPoint Window media player, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word and numerous other programs. Microsoft originally marketed a spreadsheet program called Multiplan in 1982, which became very popular on CP/M systems, but on MS-DOS systems it lost popularity to Lotus 1-2-3. Microsoft released the first version of Excel for the Mac in 1985, and the first Windows version (numbered 2.05 to line up with the Mac and bundled with a run-time Windows environment) in November 1987. Lotus was slow to bring 1-2-3 to Windows and by 1988 Excel had started to outsell 1-2-3 and helped Microsoft achieve the position of leading PC software developer. This accomplishment, dethroning the king of the software world, solidified Microsoft as a valid competitor and showed its...