Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Nov 2017 08:47 UTC
Features, Office

PowerPoint is so ingrained in modern life that the notion of it having a history at all may seem odd. But it does have a very definite lifetime as a commercial product that came onto the scene 30 years ago, in 1987. Remarkably, the founders of the Silicon Valley firm that created PowerPoint did not set out to make presentation software, let alone build a tool that would transform group communication throughout the world. Rather, PowerPoint was a recovery from dashed hopes that pulled a struggling startup back from the brink of failure - and succeeded beyond anything its creators could have imagined.

Fascinating story. I despise PowerPoint because PowerPoint presentations are difficult to translate (my actual job), but there's no denying it's used in meeting rooms all over the world - for better or worse.

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RE[2]: Jeff Bezos
by ssokolow on Sat 4th Nov 2017 22:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Jeff Bezos"
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Reminds me of Visual Basic... the next step after Excel classes taught by the phys ed teacher.

...that said, half the reason it reminded me is because I recently ordered a copy of Visual Basic 4.0 Professional off eBay to use as an AutoHotkey alternative for my Windows 3.1 retro-gaming machine.

(4.0 Pro is the only version of VB that was both released on CD-ROM and capable of targeting Win16.)

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