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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Jeff Bezos
by kwan_e on Fri 3rd Nov 2017 13:44 UTC
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

Just use the Jeff Bezos method: ban the bloody thing. Write proper documents and then force people to read it during the meeting.

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RE: Jeff Bezos
by JLF65 on Fri 3rd Nov 2017 15:34 in reply to "Jeff Bezos"
JLF65 Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah, PowerPoint reeks of middle school classes being taught by the phys ed coach... which tells you a lot about upper management. ;)

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RE[2]: Jeff Bezos
by ssokolow on Sat 4th Nov 2017 22:49 in reply to "RE: Jeff Bezos"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

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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