Sweating Bullets: Notes about Inventing PowerPoint

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Vinland Books, Apr 20, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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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 installed on more than one billion computers, worldwide.    In this book, Robert Gaskins (who invented the idea, managed its design and development, and then headed the new Microsoft group) tells the story of its first years, recounting the perils and disasters narrowly evaded as a startup, dissecting the complexities of being the first distant development group in Microsoft, and explaining decisions and insights that enabled PowerPoint to become a lasting success well beyond its original business uses.
 

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Contents

Introduction to PowerPoint
PowerPoint 2 0
What to Do After PowerPoint 3
Leaving PowerPoint 191 My Longstanding Plan to Retire from Microsoft
Finding a Good Time to Leave
ReasonstoBe Gloomy 194 The Mechanics ofLeaving 195 Circumspice 196 The Superannuated
PowerPoint Continues Its Success without
Genigraphics Comestoan End 199 The StrangestPowerPoint Feature Ever Shipped
How PowerPointTook Advantage of Social 206 When DidVideo Presentations BecomeCommon? 207 PowerPoint and the Advancement ofScience
Was PowerPoint the First Presentation Program?
Is PowerPoint the Problem or IsIt theUsers?
PowerPoint Invent PowerPoint Style? 211 Why HaveSoMany Adopted PowerPoint Style?
Showing One Thing and Saying Another 213 The Transition Awayfrom LongForm Writing 214 PowerPoint for Startups 215 PowerPoint andthe Mil...
PowerPoint Observed inBooks
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About Robert Gaskins

Where Did All theCompetitors Go? 201 A Microsoft Sand HillRoad Campus Disappears 202 The Distributionof PowerPointReturns 203 How Accura...
Afterthoughts about PowerPoint

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Robert Gaskins invented PowerPoint, managed its design and development as a startup for three years, and then headed the new Microsoft PowerPoint business unit in Silicon Valley for another five years. He has written this book to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of PowerPoint.

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