Spreadsheets suffered a body blow on Tuesday, when Salesforce announced new platform functionality. Soon all spreadsheets will be good for is financial analysis. This sounds funny, because the spreadsheet for several decades has been the unofficial IT prototyping tool. Actually, it was the end-users’ prototyping tool — the default thing they used to capture data when IT was famously too busy maintaining tangled legacy systems. With Salesforce’s new tools, it’s now easier to build your prototype app than it is to build a spreadsheet.
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