If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(BBC)   25 years ago, Microsoft made its first company acquisition, the company that developed PowerPoint with Apple's first venture capital investment   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 20
    More: Interesting, Apple Inc., How PowerPoint, Microsoft, letter of intents, word processing, graphical user interfaces, original idea, Excel  
•       •       •

1783 clicks; posted to Geek » on 05 Aug 2012 at 5:51 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



20 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread
 
2012-08-05 06:15:04 PM
I know people who spend more time on Powerpoint presentations than actual work.
 
2012-08-05 06:20:33 PM
I have come to the conclusion that PowerPoint is all they teach people in business school.
 
2012-08-05 06:22:22 PM
dilbert.com
 
2012-08-05 06:23:10 PM
"PowerPoint was first launched on the Mac platform on 20 April 1987 after its developers decided Windows was not able to support it."

This is why long-time Mac users think of Windows the way Letterman fans think of Leno.

ww4.hdnux.com
 
2012-08-05 06:46:49 PM
Annnnd star wipe.

/Does PowerPoint have a star wipe transition yet? Because it should
 
2012-08-05 06:49:31 PM
For what MS did to FoxPro and the OUTSTANDING customer service FoxPro provided MS deserves 13.6 million hemorrhoids.
 
2012-08-05 06:51:27 PM
And PowerPoint sucked ass back then. The star of the presentation show, the real game changer, was Harvard Graphics.

Microsoft may not have created many of their applications, but the company was very good at improving the products they acquired instead of letting them languish. WordPerfect was the gold standard in word processing and Lotus 1-2-3 ran circles around Excel. WordPerfect refused to convert to the Windows "fad" until it was too late, then rushed out a buggy-as-hell WordPerfect 5.2, which was just WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS with an incredibly lousy Windows front-end stuck on it. Even at that point, Ami Pro which Lotus had purchased and upgraded was far better than Word, and Excel still wasn't as good as 1-2-3. Microsoft kept improving those programmes, though, instead of resting on their laurels like their earlier betters did.
 
2012-08-05 07:07:54 PM

Nem Wan: "PowerPoint was first launched on the Mac platform on 20 April 1987 after its developers decided Windows was not able to support it."


It wasn't just Windows that sucked. Most PC users in 1987 were still running 286 systems with EGA graphics.

Intel was retarded for releasing another 16-biatchip after the 80186. The 80286 should have looked a lot more like the MC68010 or Z80000. We might have seen more System V clones like Coherent ported to the PC if it had a decent processor.
 
2012-08-05 07:45:33 PM

Dinjiin: Nem Wan: "PowerPoint was first launched on the Mac platform on 20 April 1987 after its developers decided Windows was not able to support it."

It wasn't just Windows that sucked. Most PC users in 1987 were still running 286 systems with EGA graphics.

Intel was retarded for releasing another 16-biatchip after the 80186. The 80286 should have looked a lot more like the MC68010 or Z80000. We might have seen more System V clones like Coherent ported to the PC if it had a decent processor.


Those spaces can get ya.
 
2012-08-05 08:13:48 PM
Surely, Microsoft's (MicroSoft as it was IniTialized back then) first acquisition was Q-DOS...
 
2012-08-05 09:36:34 PM

HopScotchNSoda: WordPerfect refused to convert to the Windows "fad" until it was too late, then rushed out a buggy-as-hell WordPerfect 5.2, which was just WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS with an incredibly lousy Windows front-end stuck on it.


WordPerfect was suckered into thinking OS/2 was the next major platform. But to be fair, IBM was suckered too.

Alan and I had lunch at COMDEX with some high-placed officers from IBM. They assured us that Windows would not succeed and that an agreement had been struck between IBM and Microsoft which would effectively stop Microsoft from making a success of Windows. It seems funny now, but at the time we were impressed by what they told us. They said Windows was neutered, and we believed it. http://www.wordplace.com/ap/ap_chap10.shtml


/and that is Bill Gates is the richest man in the world
 
2012-08-05 10:18:37 PM

HempHead: and that is Bill Gates is became the richest man in the world



He isn't anymore, since he divested himself of billions. Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying he and his wife made themselves and their family poor, but they have given away far more than enough to drop down a few pegs in the richest-man-in-the-world contest.
 
2012-08-05 10:25:49 PM

HempHead: They said Windows was neutered, and we believed it. http://www.wordplace.com/ap/ap_chap10.shtml

/and that is Bill Gates is the richest man in the world


That's an excellent link, thanks for posting it. Bookmarked so I can read the rest at my leisure.

I liked the chapter you linked because I it deals with WordPerfect 5.1. Years later after 5.1 was introduced, I was one of those guys who changed an organization from WordPerfect 5.1 to Word.

The users (rightly) complained that Word doesn't have reveal codes.

But they had no choice since we were in the process of disposing all the amber-and-black dumb terminals.

Now, almost 20 years later, I'm pretty sure they got over it.
 
2012-08-05 10:26:31 PM

Dinjiin: We might have seen more System V clones like Coherent ported to the PC if it had a decent processor.


I thought there was a PC version of Coherent. I distinctly remember it being one of the options we narrowed things down to when trying to upgrade our BBS to multiline. If I'm not mistaken, we called them and our system didn't have enough memory to run Coherent but the CPU wasn't a problem.

/Went with MajorBBS
//Wish Renegade multiline would have been stable
 
2012-08-05 10:51:52 PM
Bungie was a Mac developer and Halo was going to be the big breakout for Mac gaming.

Seems this happened to Apple a lot back in the day...
 
2012-08-05 11:13:07 PM

Harry_Seldon: I know people who spend more time on Powerpoint presentations than actual work.


SacriliciousBeerSwiller: I have come to the conclusion that PowerPoint is all they teach people in business school.


I can confirm both of these.

/consultant
//mba
 
2012-08-05 11:24:29 PM

EngineerAU: Dinjiin: We might have seen more System V clones like Coherent ported to the PC if it had a decent processor.

I thought there was a PC version of Coherent. I distinctly remember it being one of the options we narrowed things down to when trying to upgrade our BBS to multiline. If I'm not mistaken, we called them and our system didn't have enough memory to run Coherent but the CPU wasn't a problem.

/Went with MajorBBS
//Wish Renegade multiline would have been stable


There was a PC version of Coherent in the early 90s. I remember it being only $99. Networking support seemed to be the only thing missing. That and people corrupting their file systems by powering the machine off ( ala DOS ) and not running the shutdown script.
 
2012-08-05 11:31:14 PM

thenateman: I liked the chapter you linked because I it deals with WordPerfect 5.1. Years later after 5.1 was introduced, I was one of those guys who changed an organization from WordPerfect 5.1 to Word.


In the late 90's I interviewed at a company that still used a Unix version of 5.1 for all of their documentation on some sort of jazzed up Wyse50 green screen terminals.

They seemed flabbergasted when I explained the benefits of using an X11 window manager on a PC running Windows 95.
 
2012-08-06 12:38:54 AM
Microsoft's first acquisition was CP/M.
 
2012-08-06 04:12:39 AM
At my old job, the ladies around the office would use Power Point for EVERYTHING.

Need a dumb award certificate? PowerPoint

Need a sign telling folks not to leave food in the break room? PowerPoint

Who needs desktop publishing when you got PowerPoint!?

PPPPPower Point!

It was fun to watch them add all the dorky screen wipe, etc... before they printed it to hand out. Gee... Why is it 350 pages? (as it prints every frame of the screen wipe effect) I tell em to use it as a flip book.
 
Displayed 20 of 20 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report