Definition

Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets refer to programs that are used for applications involving numerical analysis, number crunching, graphical output, and “what-if” scenarios.

The first electronic spreadsheet was VisiCalc, introduced in 1978 for Apple II computers. Since then, the spreadsheet has become an essential tool for professionals. In the early 1980s, Lotus introduced its versatile, easy-to-use 1-2-3 for the IBM PC. Today, there are other powerful spreadsheet packages on the market, such as Microsoft’s Excel.

Share it:  Cite

More from this Section

  • Information technology (IT)
    Information technologies (IT) are tools and techniques that support the design and development ...
  • Summary report
    A report that summarizes data from several transactions and presents the results in condensed ...
  • Semistructured tasks
    Tasks those are partly structured and partly ambiguous or unstructured are semistructured ...
  • Category of Information System
    Researchers have classified information systems into three categories based on their supporting ...
  • Bit
    Bit is an electronic signal that denotes a zero or a one; the smallest unit of representation ...