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powerpoint historical review

PowerPoint Historical Review

cathleen bellevillea bit better corporationwww.bitbetter.com

who is this chick
Who is this chick?
  • 1989-1995: Microsoft
    • PowerPoint product manager
    • head of product planning for graphics business unit
  • 1995-2000: A Bit Better Corp.
    • creator of “Screen Beans”
    • PowerPoint consulting services
    • www.bitbetter.com
prehistoric presentations
Prehistoric Presentations
  • 1981: IBM PCs
  • MS-DOS
  • Lotus 1-2-3
  • CPM-86
  • Word Perfect
  • slide presentations sent out to Genigraphics, Chartmasters
    • big business, slow turn-around, good results
  • overhead presentations made by enlarging typewriter pages, and copying on to transparencies
    • tedious, slow, expensive, bad results
    • any font you want as long as it was Courier 12
  • 1984: Apple Macintosh
  • MacWrite
  • MacPaint
  • Word
april 1987 powerpoint 1
April 1987: PowerPoint 1
  • published by Forethought of Sunnyvale, CA
  • originally named “Presenter” and designed for Windows 2.0
  • 2 developers, 16 months
  • coding done using a Lisa with two 5 MB hard drives connected via the serial port
  • ran on any Macintosh with 512K RAM and a floppy drive—no hard disk required
  • All slides in one file
  • Slide Master
  • Handout Pages
  • Notes Pages
  • Slide Show
  • Lines, Boxes, Circles
  • Black and White
  • Hardbound Book
may 1988 powerpoint 2
May 1988: PowerPoint 2
  • August 87, Microsoft acquires Forethought; product unit stays in California
  • Aldus ships Persuasion 1.0 for Macintosh:
    • outliner
    • multiple masters
    • graphing
    • polygons
  • Harvard Graphics for DOS
  • Lotus Freelance for DOS
  • Find/Replace
  • Spell Checking
  • Color (for Mac II)
  • Color Schemes
  • Shaded fills
  • Microsoft Packaging
  • Genigraphics driverfor slides
may 1990 win powerpoint 2
May 1990: Win PowerPoint 2
  • first presentation product for Windows 3.0
  • fonts a major problem for everyone
  • Harvard Graphics announces move to OS/2; later ships Windows product with same UI as DOS version
  • Lotus Freelance ships newly designed product on OS/2, then Windows
  • Aldus slow to release buggy, slow Windows product with poor Mac file compatibility
  • 256-color support
  • WYSIWYG, direct manipulation UI
  • Bullets!
  • Graphing
  • Share files with Mac
  • Translates Harvard Graphics Files
may 1992 powerpoint 3
May 1992: PowerPoint 3
  • first app to require Windows 3.1
  • introduction of TrueType Fonts
  • major release with shared code between Mac and Windows versions
  • Aldus share leader on Macintosh
  • Harvard Graphics share leader on PCs
  • Microsoft puts serious effort into promoting Microsoft Office
  • Outlining
  • Drawing Tools
  • Transition Effects
  • Graphing on Mac
  • Builds
  • Flying Bullets
  • Sound & Video
  • Pen Computing support
february 1994 powerpoint 4 0
February 1994: PowerPoint 4.0
  • the suite battles begin
  • Lotus ships SmartSuite:

1-2-3, Ami Pro, Freelance Graphics

  • Word Perfect ships PerfectOffice:

Word Perfect, Quattro Pro, Draw Perfect

  • Harvard Graphics can’t find a dance partner
  • Aldus ignores Windows market, focuses on Mac
  • Office look and feel: tooltips, toolbars, status bar
  • Full OLE 2.0
  • AutoLayouts
  • AutoContent Wizard
  • Word Tables
  • Rehearsal, Hidden Slides
february 1994 powerpoint 7
February 1994: PowerPoint 7
  • application version numbers go to hell
  • Microsoft owns major market share on PCs and Macs due to phenomenal sales of Office
  • Lotus bought by IBM who pretends not to notice
  • WordPerfect bought by Novell
  • Aldus acquired by Adobe and left to rot
  • Harvard suffers slow agonizing death
  • Rewritten in C++
  • VBA programmability
  • Real curves, textures
  • New animation effects
  • Meeting minder
  • AutoCorrect, Insert Symbol
  • Black & White View
may 1997 powerpoint 97
May 1997: PowerPoint 97
  • most of original PowerPoint team has left
  • Microsoft has dominant market share -- virtually no competition
  • central office development team makes most product decisions
  • focus on electronic presentations and on-line documents
  • virtually “documentation free”
  • Office Assistant
  • File compression
  • Save to HTML
  • Improved sound and animation controls
  • Pack and Go
  • AutoClipArt
  • ScreenBeans
  • Transparent GIFs
june 1999 office 2000
June 1999: Office 2000
  • now 4 versions of Office, that ship nine different products
  • typical installation of Office Premium:626 MB for all nine apps
  • PowerPoint 2000
  • Tri-Pane View
  • Picture bullets
  • Animated GIFs
  • Save to Web
  • AutoFit Text
  • Real Tables
  • Presentation Conferencing
  • Aliased Fonts
shameless self promotion
Shameless Self Promotion
  • www.bitbetter.com
    • powerpoint FAQ with many many pages of questions
    • “ask powerpoint”: powerpoint questions answered
    • powerpoint tips and tricks
    • resources for presenters
    • screenbeans clip art, with new“business communication”collection
thank you for not throwing things

thank you for not throwing things

cathy belleville

a bit better corporation

www.bitbetter.com