On this date 34 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.
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.
It could also perform some word processing functions.
Today there are nearly 9,200 software publishers in the U.S., employing 442,000 people in the $171 billion per year business.