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Lotus 1-2-3

January 26, 2015

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Profile America — Monday, January 26th. On this date 32 years ago, the infant personal computer was empowered to become something much greater than a glorified word processor with the release of the spreadsheet program Lotus 1-2-3. The popular program drew acclaim as the first PC "killer application." Finance and accounting workers were thus freed from hunching over ledger books and switched to hunching before a computer screen. The name "1-2-3" stemmed from the product's integration of three main capabilities -- spreadsheet, charting and graphing, and rudimentary database operations. Today there are over 8,600 software publishers in the U.S., employing almost 420,000 people in the $170 billion per year business. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the 'America's Economy' mobile application at <www.census.gov/mobile>.

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Software publishing NAICS 511210


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: January 05, 2015