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History (Source : Wikipedia)

Creation at Forethought (1984–1987)


MS PowerPoint was created by Robert Gaskins and Dennis Austin at a software startup in Silicon Valley named Forethought, Inc. Forethought had been founded in 1983 to make an integrated environment and applications for future personal computers that might provide a graphical interface , but it had run into difficulties requiring a "restart" and new plan.


On July 5, 1984, Forethought hired Robert Gaskins as its vice chairman of product development to make a replacement application that might be especially suited to the new graphical personal computers, like Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh. Gaskins produced his initial description of PowerPoint a few month later (August 14, 1984) within the sort of a 2-page document titled "Presentation Graphics for Overhead Projection." By October 1984 Gaskins had selected Dennis Austin to be the developer for PowerPoint. Gaskins and Austin worked together on the definition and style of the new product for nearly a year, and produced the primary specification document dated August 21, 1985. This first design document showed a product because it would look in Microsoft Windows 1.0, which at that point had not been released.


Development from that spec was begun by Austin in November 1985, for Macintosh first. About six months later, on May 1, 1986, Gaskins and Austin chose a second developer to join the project, Thomas Rudkin.Gaskins prepared two final product specification marketing documents in June 1986; these described a product for both Macintosh and Windows. At about an equivalent time, Austin, Rudkin, and Gaskins produced a second and final major design specification document, this point showing a Macintosh look.

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