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PowerPoint 25th Anniversary:

Sweating Bullets front cover

“PowerPoint was the first presentation software designed for Macintosh and Windows, received the first venture capital investment ever made by Apple, then became the first significant acquisition ever made by Microsoft, and is now, twenty-five years later, installed on over one billion computers worldwide.”

“Robert Gaskins (who invented the idea, managed its design and development, and then headed the new Microsoft group) has written this book to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of PowerPoint, recounting stories of the perils narrowly evaded as a startup, dissecting the complexities of being the first distant development group in Microsoft, and explaining decisions and insights that enabled PowerPoint to become a lasting success.”

Published by Vinland Books 2012,
Library of Congress: 2012936438,
Hardcover 6" x 9", 512 pp., $35.00
 (ISBN: 978-0-9851424-0-7)
Full PDF searchable, 512 pp., Free
 (ISBN: 978-0-9851424-1-4)
Paperback 6" x 9", 512 pp., $17.99
 (ISBN: 978-0-9851424-2-1)
Ebook for Kindle (all platforms), $2.99
 (ISBN: 978-0-9851424-3-8)
Ebook EPUB (Google, Apple, Nook), $2.99
 (ISBN: 978-0-9851424-4-5)

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Full PDF format (fully searchable and with links to references) is available worldwide for free download from the author’s website, at
PowerPoint 1.0 1987 t-shirt
PowerPoint 1.0 1987 t-shirt design

The original pre-Microsoft packaging for PowerPoint 1.0 for Macintosh, as shipped by Forethought on 20 April 1987. Now re-issued as a T-shirt for the 25th anniversary of PowerPoint.

T-shirts by American Apparel; choose any of 21 T-shirt colors, light or dark, in sizes and styles for men and women. High quality printing by RedBubble.

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You can get a free personalized bookplate, hand-signed by the author, to be pasted into your book. Just send an email note and request to , and include (1) the name and address to which you want the bookplate sent, and (2) if you’d like any (necessarily brief) inscription.

About the Author:

Robert Gaskins, author of Sweating Bullets
  • “Robert Gaskins was the visionary entrepreneur who in the mid-1980s realized that the huge but largely invisible market for preparing business slides was a perfect match for the coming generation of graphics-oriented computers.”
    —Lee Gomes, 20 June 2007,
      The Wall Street Journal
  • For much more information about Robert Gaskins and about PowerPoint history, see:
    Robert Gaskins Home Page


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