Originally Posted by IQ78
AppleWorks (for the //e), first integrated package... Amazing product.
VisaCalc (first spreadsheet.... yes Lotus123 was a COMPLETE ripoff of VisaCalc)
AppleWriter, Wordstar (dedicated processor), ScreenWriter (nasty copy protection)
Hardard Graphics (good one!)
File Cabinet (for Apple ][ integer basic..even before MS wrote FP Basic for apple ii)
VisiCalc was the first ever computer-based spreadsheet application.
If you are talking about a suite of products, I think it was WordStar, DataStar and CalcStar (from a company called MicroPro) for 8 bit 8080 CPU-based CP/M computers with 64K RAM.
Then SuperCalc came in from a company that was later to become Computer Associates. SuperCalc was the number one spreadsheet for 8-bit CP/M computers in those days. Then Mitch Kapor came up with a new rip-off of SuperCalc and VisiCalc called Lotus 1-2-3, again for 8 bit CP/M computers.
In those days it was impossible to dethrone SuperCalc, but Lotus Corporation managed to do it finally. Then came Windows and though there were versions of Wordstar and SuperCalc for Windows, Lotus ran away with that market.
I have used all above products extensively and actually enjoyed using those, especially WordStar with all its Control-Keys!
By the way, I think WordPerfect existed a while before WordStar did (it was the leading and the most powerful word processor in those days). MicroSoft (yes, in those days the S was capitalised) did have Word for DOS (I remember the Blue screen with White letters) before it existed for Apple's computers.
Excel was first written for Apple and then ported over to Windows.
I think Harvard Graphics existed long before Powerpoint did. Was it not the first ever presentation software, just like VisiCalc was the first ever spreadsheet?
Mosaic was the first ever graphical browser (I don't think the World-wide Web existed in those days and therefore Mosaic was never called a web browser). I don't know if Microsoft bought Mosaic and renamed it to Internet Explorer or if they just used the underlying technology.
Incidentally all this is from what is still in my failing memory, so I am not really sure about the accuracy of my information.