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Acquired by on July 30, 1987
Headquarters:
Sunnyvale, California
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Forethought, Inc. is a computer software company that developed PowerPoint, a slide-based presentation program.
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Software

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Founded:
1983
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Forethought, Inc. is a computer software company that developed PowerPoint, a slide-based presentation program. The company was founded by Rob Campbell and Taylor Pohlman in 1983. Their aim was to develop an object-oriented, bit-mapped application software. The development team was led by Bob Gaskins and Dennis Austin, who called the presentation program Presenter, which was later renamed as PowerPoint.

The first shipment of the PowerPoint application (PowerPoint 1.0) was released in 1987 for the Apple Macintosh. It had a monochrome output and generated text and graphic transparencies for overhead slides. In July of the same year, Microsoft Corporation acquired Forethought.

In 1990, the first version of Microsoft Windows was released, with PowerPoint as a standard part of the Microsoft Office suite of applications.

To date, Microsoft PowerPoint is widely used by business people, educators, students, and trainers, and dominates the presentation software market.

News (4)

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DateNews
Apr 4, 2015Tech Radar - Microsoft turns 40: here's every milestone since 1975
Dec 11, 2010alacrastore.com - Microsoft acquired Forethought
Mar 26, 2010Techworld - 35 years of Microsoft
Jul 31, 1987New York Times (NYT) - COMPANY NEWS; Microsoft Buys Software Unit

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  • Headquarters

    Sunnyvale, California

    United States

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