“Before there were presentations, there were conversations, which were a little like presentations but used fewer bullet points, and no one had to dim the lights.”
On the recommendation of a colleague, I read this great article, titled Absolute PowerPoint by Ian Parker of The New Yorker. It is about the history of PowerPoint and how it “edits our thoughts.” It’s fascinating to read about how it all began, including the perspectives of people that were directly involved in the tool’s evolution. It’s also fascinating, however, to read this 10-year-old article and think about how little has changed in the way we use the tool… but we’ll talk about that a bit later. In this post, I’d like to share some of the more interesting facts that I found about the history of PowerPoint!