Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy 25th anniversary, Excel!

Albert Chew, product manager for Excel, kicks off 25th anniversary celebration of Excel.

Excel is perhaps the most revolutionary tool for watching the numbers after the invention of the digital computer. It has dramatically changed the way to analyze data and has improved productivity for everyone. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the franchise to Microsoft Excel and even though I was only the Excel product manager for the past two years, I have a clear recollection of the first days of Excel and how it changed the way people work in 1985.

Let me share a solitary Excel with you. In 1985, vividly visiting my sister while he was working for a luxury car dealer as an accountant. Before their computers, all accounting related functions were done manually using the pen, calculator and large sheets of paper. As addressed his Office, I could see several lines of accounts clerks write heads down, and punch away at their computers overstaffed. Fast forward a year, and when I visited my sister had several shared computers loaded with some program called Excel.  Both she and I were amazed at how simple Analytics had become with a simple piece of software.

In my many years of use of the application, I've come to compare Excel to a Swiss army knife: it is a useful program to have if you are at work, at home or at school. While most people use to keep simple lists, balancing budgets or completing their homework statistics, there are some very creative individuals, who have used Excel so extraordinary. As part of the celebration of 25 years, we have worked with some of these guys inventive and pulled together this montage video showing their work. Here's a video that gives you a taste of crafty ways people have used Excel.

This is just one of the reasons why I love my job as the product manager for Excel. Another key reason is the rich history that comes with one of the first software applications that Microsoft has brought to the market. Even if Excel cannot be in any fancy Museum (outside of Redmond), has a history as rich as any other software ever created. To give you a glimpse of where it all began and how it has evolved, we have created a series of video documentary in two parts. Watch the video and take a trip down memory lane with us.

The celebration annniversary 25 would not be complete without some great stories of heart warming by loyal fans and customers. Personally I would like to invite you to submit their statements in Excel and ways that contributed over the years. In Excel, us Facebook page we are performing a small contest, all you have to do is share your favorite memory of Excel, to get your friends to vote for your presentation and you'll be entered for a chance to win a Xbox & Kinect package.

Was an awesome ride for Excel for the past 25 years, and I hope you will join us for the next 25. If you haven't already, become a fan of Excel on Facebook where you can get tips and tricks, learn from our growing community and contribute to the discussion. We'd love to hear from you.

To you, the faithful fan of Excel, thank you for all your support over the years.

--Albert Chew

Albert ChewAlbert Chew was product manager for Excel for two years.

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