Design History of Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Multiplan (1982)

Before Microsoft Excel existed, there was Microsoft Multiplan. Multiplan was created to compete against Visicalc and Lotus 1-2-3, which were the popular spreadsheet apps at the time. Although it was released for a variety of computing platforms, such as the Apple II, CP/M, MS-DOS, Macintosh, Xenix, Commodore 64, TI-99/4A, and TRS-80, it never reached critical mass in the market.

Microsoft Multiplan Splash Screen (1982)

Microsoft Multiplan Splash Screen (1982)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Multiplan Spreadsheet (1982)

Microsoft Multiplan Spreadsheet (1982)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 1 for Mac (1985)

Excel was released for the Mac first, before it was available on MS-DOS or Windows. In fact, there never was a version of Excel for MS-DOS.

Microsoft Excel 1.5 for Mac Splash Screen (1985)

Microsoft Excel 1.5 for Mac Splash Screen (1985)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 1.5 for Mac (1985)

Microsoft Excel 1.5 for Mac (1985)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 1.5 for Mac (1985)

Microsoft Excel 1.5 for Mac (1985)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 2.0 for Windows (1987)

Microsoft Excel 2.0 for Windows Splash Screen (1987)

Microsoft Excel 2.0 for Windows Splash Screen (1987)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 2.0 About Dialog (1987)

Microsoft Excel 2.0 About Dialog (1987)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 2.0 Multiple Sheets (1987)

Microsoft Excel 2.0 Multiple Sheets (1987)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 2.0 Charts and Graphs (1987)

Microsoft Excel 2.0 Charts and Graphs (1987)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 3.0 for Windows (1990)

Microsoft Excel 3.0 Splash Screen (1990)

Microsoft Excel 3.0 Splash Screen (1990)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 3.0 Multiple Sheets (1990)

Microsoft Excel 3.0 Multiple Sheets (1990)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 3.0 Charts and Graphs (1990)

Microsoft Excel 3.0 Charts and Graphs (1990)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 4.0 for Windows (1992)

Microsoft Excel 4.0 Splash Screen (1992)

Microsoft Excel 4.0 Splash Screen (1992)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 4.0 About Dialog (1992)

Microsoft Excel 4.0 About Dialog (1992)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 4.0 Spreadsheet (1992)

Microsoft Excel 4.0 Spreadsheet (1992)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 4.0 Charts and Graphs (1992)

Microsoft Excel 4.0 Charts and Graphs (1992)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 5.0 for Windows (1993)

Microsoft Excel 5.0 Splash Screen (1993)

Microsoft Excel 5.0 Splash Screen (1993)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 5.0 Charts and Graphs (1993)

Microsoft Excel 5.0 Charts and Graphs (1993)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Excel 5.0 Visual Basic (VBA) Editor (1993)

Microsoft Excel 5.0 Visual Basic (VBA) Editor (1993)
Source: winworldpc.com

Excel 95 (1995)

Excel 95 Splash Screen (1995)

Excel 95 Splash Screen (1995)
Source: winworldpc.com

Excel 95 Spreadsheet (1995)

Excel 95 Spreadsheet (1995)
Source: winworldpc.com

Excel 95 Charts and Graphs (1995)

Excel 95 Charts and Graphs (1995)
Source: winworldpc.com

Excel 97 with Clippy (1997)

Excel 97 Splash Screen (1997)

Excel 97 Splash Screen (1997)
Source: winworldpc.com

Excel 97 About Dialog (1997)

Excel 97 About Dialog (1997)
Source: winworldpc.com

Excel 97 Spreadsheet with Clippy (1997)

Excel 97 Spreadsheet with Clippy (1997)
Source: winworldpc.com

Excel 97 Charts and Graphs (1997)

Excel 97 Charts and Graphs (1997)
Source: winworldpc.com

Excel 2000 (2000)

Excel 2000 Splash Screen (2000)

Excel 2000 Splash Screen (2000)
Source: sourceforge.net

Excel 2000 Empty Sheet (2000)

Excel 2000 Empty Sheet (2000)
Source: thewindowsclub.com

Excel 2000 Spreadsheet (2000)

Excel 2000 Spreadsheet (2000)
Source: ilgradio.com

Excel 2000 Charts and Graphs (2000)

Excel 2000 Charts and Graphs (2000)
Source: gcfglobal.org

Excel 2000 Data Menu (2000)

Excel 2000 Data Menu (2000)
Source: microfocus.com

Excel 2000 Page Setup Dialog (2000)

Excel 2000 Page Setup Dialog (2000)
Source: gcfglobal.org

Excel 2000 for Mac (2000)

Excel 2000 for Mac Splash Screen (2000)

Excel 2000 for Mac Splash Screen (2000)
Source: sourceforge.net

Excel 2000 for Mac Empty Sheet (2000)

Excel 2000 for Mac Empty Sheet (2000)
Source: rosbif.net

Excel XP/Excel 2002 (2001)

Excel XP/Excel 2002 Splash Screen (2001)

Excel XP/Excel 2002 Splash Screen (2001)
Source: sourceforge.net

Excel XP/Excel 2002 Spreadsheet (2001)

Excel XP/Excel 2002 Spreadsheet (2001)
Source: jazz.net

Excel XP/Excel 2002 Spreadsheet (2001)

Excel XP/Excel 2002 Spreadsheet (2001)
Source: blogspot.com

Excel 2003 (2003)

Excel 2003 Splash Page (2003)

Excel 2003 Splash Page (2003)
Source: sourceforge.net

Excel 2003 About Dialog (2003)

Excel 2003 About Dialog (2003)
Source: lowefamily.com.au

Excel 2003 Empty Spreadsheet (2003)

Excel 2003 Empty Spreadsheet (2003)
Source: solveyourtech.com

Excel 2003 Conditional Formatting (2003)

Excel 2003 Conditional Formatting (2003)
Source: wrightandbrown.com

Excel 2003 Gantt Chart (2003)

Excel 2003 Gantt Chart (2003)
Source: wrightandbrown.com

Excel 2004 for Mac (2004)

Excel 2004 for Mac Splash Page (2004)

Excel 2004 for Mac Splash Page (2004)
Source: sourceforge.net

Excel 2004 for Mac Charts and Graphs (2004)

Excel 2004 for Mac Charts and Graphs (2004)
Source: tistory.com

Excel 2007 - Ribbon Interface (2007)

Excel 2007 Splash Page (2007)

Excel 2007 Splash Page (2007)
Source: sourceforge.net

Excel 2007 Empty Sheet (2007)

Excel 2007 Empty Sheet (2007)
Source: computertutorials.in

Excel 2007 Charts and Graphs (2007)

Excel 2007 Charts and Graphs (2007)
Source: microsoft-office.biz

Excel 2007 Charts and Graphs (2007)

Excel 2007 Charts and Graphs (2007)
Source: bostonbruinsprosale.com

Excel 2008 for Mac (2008)

Excel 2008 for Mac (2008)

Excel 2008 for Mac (2008)
Source: sourceforge.net

Excel 2008 for Mac Spreadsheet (2008)

Excel 2008 for Mac Spreadsheet (2008)
Source: Hampshire College/YouTube

Excel 2008 for Mac Charts and Graphs (2008)

Excel 2008 for Mac Charts and Graphs (2008)
Source: Hampshire College/YouTube

Excel 2010 (2010)

Excel 2010 Splash Page (2010)

Excel 2010 Splash Page (2010)
Source: sourceforge.net

Excel 2010 Empty Sheet (2010)

Excel 2010 Empty Sheet (2010)
Source: solveyourtech.com

Excel 2010 Charts and Graphs (2010)

Excel 2010 Charts and Graphs (2010)
Source: vapromag.co.uk

Excel 2010 Power Pivot (2010)

Excel 2010 Power Pivot (2010)
Source: infoworld.com

Excel 2011 for Mac (2011)

Excel 2011 for Mac (2011)

Excel 2011 for Mac (2011)
Source: sourceforge.net

Excel 2011 for Mac Empty Spreadsheet (2011)

Excel 2011 for Mac Empty Spreadsheet (2011)
Source: enacademic.com

Excel 2011 for Mac Charts and Graphs (2011)

Excel 2011 for Mac Charts and Graphs (2011)
Source: thewwwblog.com

Excel 2013 (2013)

Excel 2013 (2013)

Excel 2013 (2013)
Source: sourceforge.net

Excel 2013 (2013)

Excel 2013 (2013)
Source: solveyourtech.com

Excel 2013 Recent Documents (2013)

Excel 2013 Recent Documents (2013)
Source: directionstraining.com

Excel 2013 (2013)

Excel 2013 (2013)
Source: microsoft.com

Excel 2013 Pivot Table KPIs (2015)

Excel 2013 Pivot Table KPIs (2015)
Source: microsoft.com

Excel 2016 (2016)

Excel 2016 Splash Screen (2016)

Excel 2016 Splash Screen (2016)
Source: sourceforge.net

Excel 2016 Recent Documents (2016)

Excel 2016 Recent Documents (2016)
Source: kevinsitinfo.com

Excel 2016 Empty Sheet (2016)

Excel 2016 Empty Sheet (2016)
Source: superuser.com

Excel 2016 3D Map (2016)

Excel 2016 3D Map (2016)
Source: computerworld.com

Excel 2016 for Mac Pivot Table (2016)

Excel 2016 for Mac Pivot Table (2016)
Source: microsoft.com

Office 365 Excel (2019)

Office 365 Excel Recent Documents (2019)

Office 365 Excel Recent Documents (2019)
Source: office.com/Version Museum

Office 365 Excel Spreadsheet (2019)

Office 365 Excel Spreadsheet (2019)
Source: office.com/Version Museum

Office 365 Excel Gantt Chart (2019)

Office 365 Excel Gantt Chart (2019)
Source: office.com/Version Museum

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