It started with VisiCalc...
Just a few links.
VisiCalc: Information From Its Creators, Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston
Lots of interesting information here. You can also download a copy of VisiCalc.
A Brief History of Spreadsheets
By Daniel Power.
Dan Bricklin's biography
Co-developer of VisiCalc, the "father of the spreadsheet"
Excel Version History
- DEAD LINK
Interesting stuff from Microsoft. Well, it WAS interesting. Like many things on Microsoft's web site, this has disappeared. Click
for a broad overview.
From VisiCalc to Excel
A short MPEG movie file (1-meg) that morphs VisiCalc and Excel
Frontline Systems: Spreadsheet Solver Company History
The company that developed Solver
Lotus 1-2-3 Release History
Linux Spreadsheets: Historical Background
By Christopher B. Brown
Early History of the Spreadsheet
By Richard Mattessich
Major Markets - Word Processors and Spreadsheets
A chapter from
Winners, Losers, and Microsoft: Competition and Antitrust in High Technology,
by Stan Liebowitz
Quattro Pro Release History
VisiCalc: The History of the First Spreadsheet