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.