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A Brief History of PowerPoint

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According to Microsoft estimates there are more than 500 millions users of PowerPoint worldwide, of which 120 million people are using it to create business presentations and 6 million teachers around the world use it in the classroom. A 2012 study suggested that PowerPoint had 95% of the presentation software market. So for all the talk of death by PowerPoint and how it has alone been responsible for the poor quality of so many presentations around the world, it is fair to say that they must be doing something right. At Presentation Guru we love PowerPoint (and suspect we are not alone in feeling this).

In his article 5 Things You Didn’t Know About PowerPoint, Timo Sorri makes the salient point:

PowerPoint does not make anyone a great presenter, but great presenters do know how to use PowerPoint – or they know how to use experts who can help them with it.

We never cease to be amazed at the endless creativity that the software allows and if you are looking for inspiration, check out these articles which show just what is possible.

Those of us who have been around the block may well remember PowerPoint in its earliest incarnation, and for those of you don’t remember (or weren’t around to) this article from the Hult International Business School is a useful reminder of how far we have come. It’s particularly worthwhile to follow the link to PowerPoint’s very own 1986 promotional presentation ‘New Product Summary’ to get a sense of perspective and realise how high the bar has risen!

You can read the article in full here: Disruption, innovation, and endurance: A brief history of PowerPoint

 

Rosie Hoyland

Rosie Hoyland

Commissioning Editor at Presentation Guru
Rosie is the Commissioning Editor at Presentation Guru. She is a writer and content creator and has worked for many years as a print and digital designer.
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