Friday, June 26, 2020

Quattro Pro

Quattro Pro was a spreadsheet utility, originally developed by Borland Software. It was renamed to Corel Quattro Pro when Corel purchased it. The features that lacked in the previous Quattro Pro have been included in its successor, the WordPerfect Office Suite.

Quattro Pro was designed as a contender for the Microsoft Office Excel and for the Lotus 1-2-3 alternatives.

Borland started in spreadsheets in 1987 with a product called Quattro. Word has it that the internal code name was Buddha because the program was intended to “assume the Lotus position” in the market. Borland changed the name to Quattro Pro for its 1990 release.

Similar to Lotus 1-2-3, Quattro Pro was first shipped and released as a DOS program, and was later rewritten to be adapted to the Windows platform.

In the fall of 1989, Borland began shipping Quattro Pro, which was a more powerful product that built upon the original Quattro and trumped 1-2-3 in just about every area.

In 1991 Borland ranked best Quattro Pro beats Lotus 1-2-3. Two industry studies objectively confirm the facts: Customers rank Borland best among software companies, and Quattro® Pro outperforms all Lotus® spreadsheets.

Like Lotus, Borland was slow to jump on the Windows bandwagon. When Quattro Pro for Windows finally shipped in the fall of 1992, however, it provided some tough competition for the other two Windows spreadsheets, Excel 4.0 and 1-2-3 Release 1.1 for Windows. Since about 1996 Quattro pro has run a distant second to Excel’s market domination.

In 1994, Novell purchased WordPerfect International and Borland’s entire spreadsheet business. In 1996, WordPerfect and Quattro Pro were both purchased by Corel Corporation.

Corel Quattro Pro is a spreadsheet application used to process business and financial transactions of various kinds. To carry its various tasks, Corel Quattro Pro organizes each one of its notebooks into worksheets.
Quattro Pro
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