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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, and 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 installed on over one billi ...more
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Published April 20th 2012 by Vinland Books
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Victor Muthoka
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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 le
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Vignesh
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a good read, but the book was unnecessarily long and repeating a lot of things twice in different chapters. It could've been edited to only 300 pages and still conveyed everything it wanted to. I skipped the last 50 pages because that wasn't interesting. The pages before that was really insightful.

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
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Palash Karia
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 is brilli
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Greg
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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Simon Semelin
The 450 pages is sooo lengthy. As another reviewer said the author would have needed an edition that reduced it to 50%. It’s just so many details on uninteresting topics. There are a few gems, but they usually derive from quotes from others and not by Gaskins himself.

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.
Manoj Aggarwal
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
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  ·  review of another edition
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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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