Robert Gaskins recounts the surprising story of how PowerPoint came into being. I always assumed that it was simply created by a faceless division of Microsoft to fill an obvious market need along with Word and Excel. But that's not how it was at all. The real story is more along the lines of one man with a half-crazy vision who happened to find himself with the chance to work on his life's dream in the course of trying to rescue a failing startup. Which he and his coworkers finally did, against the odds and with a cash infusion from Apple. They then promptly sold themselves to Microsoft, as an alternative to launching an IPO, shrewdly as it turned out.
The author tells, in an engaging and never less than interesting style, of his adventures as a creative individual the in the world of business, overcoming crises, wearily trying to keep the ship afloat, eventually finding success, and then facing a whole new set of challenges. It's a great story affectionately and charmingly told, full of asides, subplots and local colour and with some memorable quotes (I particular liked the one about translators being the saddest pack of rogues in the world).
I am not a tech person but someone who has used PowerPoint in teaching and research presentations for close to 20 years. This book has opened my eyes to what a revolutionary invention it really is, and how it has changed the world (among other things vicars use it to give sermons, apparently). But above all it's a lesson in how to make an 'official' history (albeit a personal one) readable and enjoyable. Check it out.
- フォーマット： Kindle版
- ファイルサイズ： 9991 KB
- 推定ページ数： 512 ページ
- 同時に利用できる端末数: 無制限
- 出版社: Vinland Books; 002版 (2012/4/20)
- 販売： Amazon Services International, Inc.
- 言語: 英語
- ASIN: B009VNGD9E
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能）: 有効
- Word Wise: 有効
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 5
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: 洋書 有料タイトル - 1,430,278位 (洋書 有料タイトルの売れ筋ランキングを見る)
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