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PowerPoint 1.0

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This app works with: Mini vMac

PowerPoint version 1.0 for Macintosh. This is the PowerPoint version before it was bought up by Microsoft the same year. Originally developed for the Macintosh 512k and Macintosh Plus by Forethought. Microsoft made PowerPoint into the most sold program for presentations and developed it also for their own operating system, Windows.

PowerPoint 1.0 comes on two disks. Disk 1 contains the program and Disk 2 contains several examples of PowerPoint presentations.

Architecture: 68k

Only in black and white


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by Arthegall - 2012, April 1 - 2:16am

Interesting story here

See the early history of PowerPoint here at the site of one of the original developers.

Forethought released Powerpoint in 1987, and within a few months, Microsoft bought the rights. I just picked up a copy of the version one docs from later 1987. They appear to be Forethought materials repurposed by Microsoft. The box looks like the Forethought box with just an MS sticker slapped on the cover. The books have Microsoft copyright info on the copyright pages.

More to the point, the first disk here differs from what's described in the manual. The manual makes a big deal of a custom system file the includes fonts for use with PowerPoint. The first disk image here doesn't have that file.

Anybody with original media, please upload.
Also, if anyone has a copy of version one media from after the MS acquisition (which won't have any references to Forethought on the splash screen or about screens), please upload.

Pretty important historical app here.

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by hdfkhdsahjhgfad... - 2010, January 23 - 7:40pm

Wish the presentations it creates were still readable by modern versions of Powerpoint—now that would be cool!

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by MacWise - 2009, October 22 - 6:24am

PowerPoint when it was Mac-only... That's what I call a blast from the past.