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NewsLotus 1-2-3 hits the big 3-0 PinstaffTerrence Dorsey28-Jan-13 13:09 
Lotus Development Corp. sold its first copy of 1-2-3 for DOS on Jan. 26, 1983, and it never looked back. Every single number-cruncher I knew at the time couldn't wait to part with the princely sum of $495 for the product -- on top of the price of the PC, typically $3,000 to $5,000. To this day, I believe Lotus 1-2-3, all by itself, started the Microsoft-Intel architecture hegemony. It was that good.
Who needs spreadsheets when we've got a perfectly good Fortran... Oh, nevermind.

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