Mon, 15 Mar 2004 20:17:00 GMT

This is how PowerPoint was born. Background on Microsoft PowerPoint: “Although now a Microsoft product, PowerPoint was originally developed by Bob Gaskins, a former Berkeley Ph.D. student who envisioned an easy-to-use presentation program that would manipulate a string of single pages, or “slides”. […] PowerPoint 1.0 was released in 1987 and was originally only available for the Apple Macintosh, and only in black-and-white. It generated text-and-graphics pages that a photocopier could turn into overhead transparencies.”

I didn't realize that PowerPoint was first a Mac product, in the same way as Excel was. And that originally PowerPoint was not a Microsoft product. [Universal Rule]


great little story on wikipedia. just how much innovation in major companies is created by the purchasing of other companies? just read oligopoly watch…. there you'll see that acquisition is innovation.