The world's first PowerPoint was owned by Apple
Sep 17, 2021
In the 21st century, whether it is a classroom,workplace,conference,and so on,PPT has become a frequent guest in various scenes.
Do you know who invented Microsoft PowerPoint?
And here's a man who doesn't seem to be much of an old man, and his name is Robert Gaskins.
The father of the PPT
Many people call Robert Gaskins a visionary entrepreneur.
He realized in the mid-1980s that there was a huge market for commercial slides, and he came up with the idea of combining slides with computers.
In 1984, Gaskins joined Forethought in Silicon Valley and developed a program called Presenter:
The product that resulted was eventually named PowerPoint, the precursor to today's PowerPoint.
But PowerPoint 1.0 has nothing to do with Microsoft.
The enterprise received investment from Apple, and the 1.0 version of PowerPoint, based on the Mac operating system, was launched in April 1987:
Surprisingly, PowerPoint was originally available on Apple computers, and just four months later, Microsoft bought Forethought for $14 million.
Three years later, PowerPoint, based on the Windows operating system, arrived.
PowerPoint has been part of the Microsoft family ever since and has become an essential office software on everyone's computer.
So, do you think the world's first PowerPoint presentation came after PowerPoint?
Actually, no, the first commercial slide show in the world dates back to 1958.
One of the earliest PPT
This is the world's first commercial slide show, from General Electric:
This slide is simple, but many pages already have the design idea of the current slide.
For example, data visualization:
And this is going to be a little bit like the vector ICONS that we're going to use in PowerPoint now:
There is also the data chart page, which is very clear:
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