October 17 is Spreadsheet Day. On this day, people share the pros and cons of software designed to create spreadsheets. With their help, the budget and expenses are controlled, shopping lists are compiled and dates of interest are marked. The holiday is associated with spreadsheets: people read about them, write about them, publish designs for spreadsheets.
In 1979, on October 17, the first spreadsheet program VisiCalc appeared. This software has made it easier to manage large amounts of data. VisiCalc was created by Software Arts developer Dan Bricklin, later marking the transformation of the Apple II from a conventional computer to an affordable business tool. The program gained popularity due to the ability to run on a PC, which led to its falling into the hands of small business owners. The modern world is hard to imagine without spreadsheets. They are used for budget management, data sorting, names, number of employees, and so much more.
- it was VisiCalc that contributed to the success of Apple, as Steve Jobs repeatedly said;
- Spreadsheet Day was founded in February 2010 by Debra Dalglish;
- VisiCalc (“visual calculator”) is the first spreadsheet program.
How to celebrate
Spend the day learning spreadsheets, learn how to write your own, develop your business goal, manage your books and data, organize your budget, and more. Spreadsheets will help organize your life. Share your spreadsheet work and your thoughts on this toolkit on social media using the #SpreadsheetDay hashtag.
When is Spreadsheet Day celebrated in 2022?
Spreadsheet Day is observed on October 17 each year.