Geek Trivia

What Ubiquitous Office Application Was Originally Mac-Only?

Internet Explorer
Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Answer: Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel, the popular spreadsheet program that comes bundled with Microsoft’s ubiquitous Office software suite, didn’t start life as a PC app. Excel 1.0 was released in 1985 as a Mac-only application. It didn’t appear on a Windows machine until a full two years later with the release of Excel 2.05.

While many people think of Microsoft’s success in terms of edging out Apple, the widespread adoption of Excel in the late 1980s is actually one of Microsoft’s earliest and most important successes–when Excel outpaced Lotus 1-2-3 as the spreadsheet of choice, it established Microsoft as a serious software developer.