DID YOU KNOW?
The VisiCalc spreadsheet for the Apple II series is considered as the first recognized example of a killer application. In marketing terms, a killer app is a computer program that is needed to prove the core value of larger technologies like a computer hardware or software, programming language, gaming console, software platform, or an operating system. A killer app increases the sales of the platform where it runs in.
The definition of the term killer app once came up when Bill Gates was questioning the US vs Microsoft Corp. case. He wrote an email describing Internet Explorer as a killer app. At that time, he actually meant it as a popular application rather than an app that fuels sales of a larger product or one that would supplant its competition as per the definition of Microsoft’s Computer dictionary. The term was also used for the computer and video games industry. Examples of a video game killer app are 1980 Atari VCS port of the arcade game Space Invaders; 1979 Star Raiders as the killer app for the Atari 400/800 computers; Donkey Kong for the ColecoVision console; Tetris as the killer app for the Game Boy; Grand Theft Auto III for the PlayStation 2; Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube, and Wii Sports for the Wii.