The History of PowerPoint

The History of PowerPoint

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Description: Powerpoint announces Articial Intelligence elements. \'Designer\' helps users automate the creation of slides and presentations. AI marks a signicant evolution in PowerPoint and is heralded as a new age of app features.

Technology startup Glasser launched to live-share PowerPoint slides to audience phones and incorporated live audience response and integrated social media feeds.

 
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Contents:
the history of

PowerPoint
1980

To celebrate PowerPoint turning 30 years old, we\'ve pulled together some of the twists
and turns of its life so far. Through its sheer versatility it\'s amongst the longest serving
software applications on the market. With additions like Glisser\'s PowerPoint
extension, it\'s ready for the next 30 years in the hands of the social media generation.

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Robert Gaskins invented and worked
alone on ‘Presenter’, printing the two
page concept on his dot matrix printer,
before later being joined by Denis Austin
and then Tom Rudkin.

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PowerPoint was originally designed to make it easier to prepare
actual 35mm overhead projector transparencies, removing
the need to manually re-type them.

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1987
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1987

PowerPoint became the first venture
capital investment ever made by
Apple’s Strategic Investment Group.

PowerPoint 1.0 for Mac was
black-and-white-only, and was first
available on 20th April 1987 (on floppy
disk of course). Two days after release,
all 8000 copies in stock had been sold.
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PowerPoint’s early features came from analysing
overhead projector slides: 55% of overheads
contained bulleted lists, 70% contained
diagrams, and about 35% combined both.

1990

PowerPoint.
Create and Manage Presentations

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1987

Microsoft bought PowerPoint for $14M
(equivalent to $30M in 2017) with the
original founding team becoming
Microsoft\'s ‘Graphic Business Unit’.

Originally called ‘Presenter’, the name couldn’t be used as it
had been trademarked by a company in New Jersey, so a
new one had to be found. The name ‘PowerPoint’ was
thought up by Robert Gaskins whilst taking a shower.

1988

PowerPoint 2.0, or “Color PowerPoint”
was released, to capitalise on hardware
improvements. It boasted a massive 256
colours, and also included graphing
tools and bullet points.

1992
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1992

2000

PowerPoint 3.0 added animations,
sound and video effects, transitions
and drawing tools, turning businesspeople and teachers around the world
into budding Martin Scorseses.

The very first public use of a laptop to
project video from PowerPoint took
place on 25 February 1992, at the Hotel
Regina, in the Place des Pyramides, Paris.

Unofficial “1000 hours PowerPoint” US Army Patches are
available for staff officers who’ve used the product extensively.

1997
2000

PowerPoint 8.0 (for Windows 97)
introduced auto-clipart and ‘Clippy’,
the much maligned Office assistant,
proving not all evolutions worked out!

Startup adoption of PowerPoint was
cemented in the dot.com bubble between
when investors wanted 10-slide decks
rather than 80-page business plans.

2007

PowerPoint 12.0 included SmartArt
to effectively kill off clipart.

PowerPoint is installed on over 1.2 billion computers globally equal to nearly one sixth of the population of the world!

2010

2009

Prezi was launched to challenge
PowerPoint with an alternative nonlinear approach. Many users love the
new concept, but others report audiences
suffering from motion sickness from
too much animation.

Over 100 people contributed to the early stage development
of PowerPoint, and are known as ‘Wizards’.

2010
2014

PowerPoint skipped over 13.0
for superstitious reasons.

The Golden Ratio is based on the
calculations of which mathematician?

Technology startup Glisser launched
to live-share PowerPoint slides to
audience phones, and incorporated
live audience response and integrated
social media feeds.

Leonardo
Chrome Fibonacci
Leonardo
Firefox da Vinci
Archimedes
Internet Explorer
Isaac
SafariNewton
Pythagoras
Edge
Aryabhata
Other

Is phi related to the Golden Ratio, and
if so - how?
What’s the difference with the Golden
Ratio and the Fibonacci sequence?
Is it true that Leonardo Da Vinci used
the Golden Ratio in his work?
Your Notes
Phidias was a Greek sculptor and
mathematician who is thought to have
applied phi to the design of sculptures
for the Parthenon.

2016
2017

PowerPoint celebrates
its 30th birthday.

Plato considered the Golden ratio to
be the most universally binding of
mathematical relationships. Later,
Euclid (365 B.C. - 300 B.C.) linked the

Powerpoint announces Artificial
Intelligence elements. \'Designer\' helps
users automate the creation of slides
and presentations. AI marks a significant
evolution in PowerPoint and is heralded
as a new age of app features.

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