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Chapter 1: Excel 2010: Where It Came From
Meanwhile, Microsoft developed a version of Excel (numbered 2.20) for OS/2 Presentation
Manager, released in September 1989 and upgraded to Version 2.21 about 10 months later. OS/2
never quite caught on, despite continued efforts by IBM.
In December 1990, Microsoft released Excel 3 for Windows, which boasted a significant
improvement in both appearance and features (see Figure 1-3). The upgrade included a toolbar, drawing
capabilities, a powerful optimization feature (Solver), add-in support, Object Linking and
Embedding (OLE) support, 3-D charts, macro buttons, simplified file consolidation, workgroup
editing, and the ability to wrap text in a cell. Excel 3 also had the capability to work with external
databases (via the Q+E program). The OS/2 version upgrade appeared five months later.
Figure 1-3: Excel 3 was a vast improvement over the original release.
(Photo courtesy of Microsoft)
Version 4, released in the spring of 1992, not only was easier to use but also had more power and
sophistication for advanced users (see Figure 1-4). Excel 4 took top honors in virtually every
spreadsheet product comparison published in the trade magazines. In the meantime, the
relationship between Microsoft and IBM became increasingly strained, and Microsoft stopped making
versions of Excel for OS/2.