Thursday, November 08, 2007

News to me

Paul Boutin on slide software:
Let's recall that PowerPoint, derided by techies as an evil Microsoft plot, was originally a tool for the Mac. In 1981, computer researcher Whitfield Diffie used a computer to prepare his slides for a talk. His co-worker, Bob Gaskins, thought the idea had commercial potential, so a few years later he developed an application, called Presenter, for the new Apple Macintosh. Shortly after the app—renamed PowerPoint 1.0—launched in 1987, Microsoft bought the whole thing.