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PowerPoint was the first presentation software designed for Macintosh and Windows, received the first venture capital investment ever made by Apple, then became the first significant acquisition ever made by Microsoft, and is now, twenty-five years later, installed on over one billion computers worldwide. Robert Gaskins (who invented the idea, managed its design and ...more
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Published April 20th 2012 by Vinland Books
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Victor Muthoka
A bit tedious but valuable,e is nights along the way.

The book is basically the story of how PowerPoint came to be. Through the writer's intense analysis, I got to see the way a sold out team can save a startup from near death.

The transition from startup to Microsoft unit and the attendant political move,nets are essential in learning to navigate a big firm. I'm quite impressed by Bill Gates' guidance to this team. Icahn certainly see why he became the leader he is today.

If you're looking to
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Palash Karia
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant, insightful book which makes you think about the most basic interactions in current software, & how they might've been affected by older software, like PowerPoint!
This is the stuff of legends, much like how film-making works, where you can see clear influences from the likes of Citizen Kane in current films.

You also see how messed up the whole Windows ecosystem was, how far ahead was the Mac & how PowerPoint (possibly) helped breach the gap!
Of course, Robert Gaskins
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Greg
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business-books
Very focused vision, clear strategy, some big risks, but it turned into a big success.

You don't have to try to disrupt the current thing to do it - start by helping make it easier, and then replace it when that makes sense.

Don't forget to look for what the trend that will replace you is - who owns the user? - Genigraphics was loving the business of printing PowerPoint slides until the projector cutout that step and their business.
Manoj Aggarwal
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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What a wonderful re-telling of the story of one of the most seminal enduring products. Bob does a good job talking about how the company started, its struggles, and eventual success.
Andy Parkes
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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PowerPoint...

You'd be hard pressed to find someone who has used a computer for work or school that hasn't come into contact with it.

This book is written by it's chief creator and covers everything from its inception to its coming together and it'd continued use.

This is VERY detailed so the casual reader may be put off but it's a fascinating insight into every aspect of how PowerPoint came into being (design decisions, market research, funding and more)

My only criticism was that some chunks of
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PowerPoint was the first presentation software designed for Macintosh and Windows, received the first venture capital investment ever made by Apple, then became the first significant acquisition ever made by Microsoft, who set up a new Graphics Business Unit in Silicon Valley to develop it further. Now, twenty-five years later, PowerPoint is familiar to almost everybody.

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