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Sweating Bullets: Notes about Inventing PowerPoint
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 le ...more
Learning how OS, PCs evolved and how software was developed before the internet was something that blew my mind. It talks about how internet changed software development and distribution by expl ...more
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 is brilli ...more
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. ...more
Interesting read since PowerPoint is such a fundamental part of the business world today but it’s just so much that I skimmed probably 200 pages.
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 ...more
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.
Microsoft says that PowerPo