"Name the application most responsible for business embracing
the personal computer. ... It was Visicalc, the electronic
spreadsheet. Before 1981, the only way to run financial scenarios
using a computer, was on a time share mainframe or a minicomputer.
This was an expensive and slow process. The ability to run what-if
scenarios on the desktop using the direct descendants of Visicalc,
Lotus 1-2-3 and Excel, changed the nature of business itself. Bean
counters of marginal skill had the weapon they needed to minimize
any gap in talent or resources. CEO's began to regard the PC as
something more than a very expensive typewriter."
"There has been a lot of media noise about the lack of decent
cross-platform compatibility in office applications inhibiting the
spread of BSD or Linux to the corporate desktop. This problem is
enroute to being solved (weird new formatting stunts by Microsoft
"I spent some time running spreadsheets for a living. The office
I worked in was locked in to the Win9X architecture. At the end of
it, I came away with this: if you think middle management isn't
ready for Abiword, try getting your Human Resources Administrator
to give up Excel. The real test of the BSDs (or Linux) on the
corporate desktop is going to be the spreadsheet."
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