Robert Gaskins

Robert Gaskins

Invented PowerPoint.

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Introduction
Robert Gaskins invented PowerPoint, drawing on ten years of interdisciplinary graduate study at UC Berkeley and five years as manager of computer science research for an international R&D laboratory in Silicon Valley. He headed PowerPoint's design and development as a startup for three years, gaining Apple's first strategic VC investment, and then, after becoming Microsoft's first acquisition, headed the new Microsoft PowerPoint business unit in Silicon Valley for another five years.

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PowerPoint was the first presentation software designed for Macintosh and Windows, received the first venture capital investment ever made by Apple, then became the first significant acquisition ever made by Microsoft, who set up a new Graphics Business Unit in Silicon Valley to develop it further. Now, twenty-five years later, PowerPoint is instal...
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Power point presentation software in comparison to pre-computer formats are discussed. Power Point was introduced in 1978 as a commercial product, where a presenter could choose among overhead transparencies, color 35mm slides, and multimedia slide show. The transparencies are the focus point, which put on the projector manually where as color 35 m...

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