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  1. 1. PowerPoint Historical Review cathleen belleville a bit better corporation www.bitbetter.com
  2. 2. Who is this chick? <ul><li>1989-1995: Microsoft </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint product manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>head of product planning for graphics business unit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1995-2000: A Bit Better Corp. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>creator of “Screen Beans” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint consulting services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.bitbetter.com </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Prehistoric Presentations <ul><li>slide presentations sent out to Genigraphics, Chartmasters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>big business, slow turn-around, good results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>overhead presentations made by enlarging typewriter pages, and copying on to transparencies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tedious, slow, expensive, bad results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>any font you want as long as it was Courier 12 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1981: IBM PCs </li></ul><ul><li>MS-DOS </li></ul><ul><li>Lotus 1-2-3 </li></ul><ul><li>CPM-86 </li></ul><ul><li>Word Perfect </li></ul><ul><li>1984: Apple Macintosh </li></ul><ul><li>MacWrite </li></ul><ul><li>MacPaint </li></ul><ul><li>Word </li></ul>
  4. 4. April 1987: PowerPoint 1 <ul><li>published by Forethought of Sunnyvale, CA </li></ul><ul><li>originally named “Presenter” and designed for Windows 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>2 developers, 16 months </li></ul><ul><li>coding done using a Lisa with two 5 MB hard drives connected via the serial port </li></ul><ul><li>ran on any Macintosh with 512K RAM and a floppy drive—no hard disk required </li></ul><ul><li>All slides in one file </li></ul><ul><li>Slide Master </li></ul><ul><li>Handout Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Notes Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Slide Show </li></ul><ul><li>Lines, Boxes, Circles </li></ul><ul><li>Black and White </li></ul><ul><li>Hardbound Book </li></ul>
  5. 5. May 1988: PowerPoint 2 <ul><li>August 87, Microsoft acquires Forethought; product unit stays in California </li></ul><ul><li>Aldus ships Persuasion 1.0 for Macintosh: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>outliner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>multiple masters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>graphing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>polygons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Harvard Graphics for DOS </li></ul><ul><li>Lotus Freelance for DOS </li></ul><ul><li>Find/Replace </li></ul><ul><li>Spell Checking </li></ul><ul><li>Color (for Mac II) </li></ul><ul><li>Color Schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Shaded fills </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Packaging </li></ul><ul><li>Genigraphics driver for slides </li></ul>
  6. 6. May 1990: Win PowerPoint 2 <ul><li>first presentation product for Windows 3.0 </li></ul><ul><li>fonts a major problem for everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard Graphics announces move to OS/2; later ships Windows product with same UI as DOS version </li></ul><ul><li>Lotus Freelance ships newly designed product on OS/2, then Windows </li></ul><ul><li>Aldus slow to release buggy, slow Windows product with poor Mac file compatibility </li></ul><ul><li>256-color support </li></ul><ul><li>WYSIWYG, direct manipulation UI </li></ul><ul><li>Bullets! </li></ul><ul><li>Graphing </li></ul><ul><li>Share files with Mac </li></ul><ul><li>Translates Harvard Graphics Files </li></ul>
  7. 7. May 1992: PowerPoint 3 <ul><li>first app to require Windows 3.1 </li></ul><ul><li>introduction of TrueType Fonts </li></ul><ul><li>major release with shared code between Mac and Windows versions </li></ul><ul><li>Aldus share leader on Macintosh </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard Graphics share leader on PCs </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft puts serious effort into promoting Microsoft Office </li></ul><ul><li>Outlining </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Effects </li></ul><ul><li>Graphing on Mac </li></ul><ul><li>Builds </li></ul><ul><li>Flying Bullets </li></ul><ul><li>Sound & Video </li></ul><ul><li>Pen Computing support </li></ul>
  8. 8. February 1994: PowerPoint 4.0 <ul><li>the suite battles begin </li></ul><ul><li>Lotus ships SmartSuite: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1-2-3, Ami Pro, Freelance Graphics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Word Perfect ships PerfectOffice: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Word Perfect, Quattro Pro, Draw Perfect </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Harvard Graphics can’t find a dance partner </li></ul><ul><li>Aldus ignores Windows market, focuses on Mac </li></ul><ul><li>Office look and feel: tooltips, toolbars, status bar </li></ul><ul><li>Full OLE 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>AutoLayouts </li></ul><ul><li>AutoContent Wizard </li></ul><ul><li>Word Tables </li></ul><ul><li>Rehearsal, Hidden Slides </li></ul>
  9. 9. February 1994: PowerPoint 7 <ul><li>application version numbers go to hell </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft owns major market share on PCs and Macs due to phenomenal sales of Office </li></ul><ul><li>Lotus bought by IBM who pretends not to notice </li></ul><ul><li>WordPerfect bought by Novell </li></ul><ul><li>Aldus acquired by Adobe and left to rot </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard suffers slow agonizing death </li></ul><ul><li>Rewritten in C++ </li></ul><ul><li>VBA programmability </li></ul><ul><li>Real curves, textures </li></ul><ul><li>New animation effects </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting minder </li></ul><ul><li>AutoCorrect, Insert Symbol </li></ul><ul><li>Black & White View </li></ul>
  10. 10. May 1997: PowerPoint 97 <ul><li>most of original PowerPoint team has left </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft has dominant market share -- virtually no competition </li></ul><ul><li>central office development team makes most product decisions </li></ul><ul><li>focus on electronic presentations and on-line documents </li></ul><ul><li>virtually “documentation free” </li></ul><ul><li>Office Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>File compression </li></ul><ul><li>Save to HTML </li></ul><ul><li>Improved sound and animation controls </li></ul><ul><li>Pack and Go </li></ul><ul><li>AutoClipArt </li></ul><ul><li>ScreenBeans </li></ul><ul><li>Transparent GIFs </li></ul>
  11. 11. June 1999: Office 2000 <ul><li>now 4 versions of Office, that ship nine different products </li></ul><ul><li>typical installation of Office Premium: 626 MB for all nine apps </li></ul><ul><li>PowerPoint 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Tri-Pane View </li></ul><ul><li>Picture bullets </li></ul><ul><li>Animated GIFs </li></ul><ul><li>Save to Web </li></ul><ul><li>AutoFit Text </li></ul><ul><li>Real Tables </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation Conferencing </li></ul><ul><li>Aliased Fonts </li></ul>
  12. 12. Shameless Self Promotion <ul><li>www.bitbetter.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>powerpoint FAQ with many many pages of questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ ask powerpoint”: powerpoint questions answered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>powerpoint tips and tricks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>resources for presenters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>screenbeans clip art, with new “business communication” collection </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. thank you for not throwing things cathy belleville a bit better corporation www.bitbetter.com

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