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Apple Macintosh Software - Microsoft Multiplan, 3½" Floppy Disk, 1984 Object Reg. No: HT 13412

Software package Microsoft Multiplan 1.0 (1984) comprising box, manual and two 3.5 inch floppy disks (Program and Backup).

Described in the manual as 'Electronic Worksheet for Apple Macintosh', Microsoft Multiplan was a spreadsheet program.

Spreadsheet software started with the release of Visicalc for the Apple II in 1979. Its developers allegedly released the code and spreadsheets were developed for various platforms. The first spreadsheet program released for the Macintosh was Multiplan in the same year as the Macintosh itself was first released, 1984. It had a short life and was soon replaced by Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh in 1985. Originally spreadsheets were known as electronic worksheets.

Microsoft Corporation was very quick to recognise the future potential of the graphical user interface and in the same year as the release of the Macintosh, released a complete suite of business applications - Word, Multiplan, Chart and File. The experience gained helped Microsoft develop its own graphical user interface called Windows [1987] and to develop Windows versions of its applications. This gave Microsoft a vital edge over WordPerfect and Lotus, its major rivals in the Windows environment.

This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.
Software package Microsoft Multiplan 1.0 (1984) comprising box, manual and two 3.5 inch floppy disks (Program and Backup).
A red-sleeved box containing a manual and two 3.5 inch floppy disks.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Don McCamey - Master Ware, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 5.0 cm (Height), 24.0 cm (Width), 24.5 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: computer software, computers, computing, datagraphs, spreadsheet software
Themes this item is part of: Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, The Apple Computer Story - The Graphic User Interface 1983-1984, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: software
Inscriptions: Sleeve: Both spines include the white text Microsoft Multiplan/Electronic Worksheet program/for Apple Macintosh An adhesive sticker with the price $325.00 is attached.

Manual: The front cover of a manual of 172 pages has the text Microsoft/Microsoft Multiplan/Electronic Worksheet Program.

Floppy disks: Both floppy disks contain the following text white on red: "Microsoft Multiplan/Electronic Worksheet Program". One of the floppy disks also has the text in red on white: "Backup copy". The Program disk has the typed number 023096.110. The Backup disk has the typed numbers D-331 and 023096.110.
Publisher: Microsoft, United States of America, 1984


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