Microsoft launched Excel for Windows back in 1987 and effectively replaced Lotus 1-2-3 despite being a late-comer to the spreadsheet party.
In a an archive video clip put out by HISTORY.com a young Bill Gates extols the “high quality output” of Excel and talks about how impressed people would be if you presented them with Excel spreadsheets in meetings.
Gates can be seen answering questions from the press at a launch event about the “dazzling” new software.
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