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FORETHOUGHT, INC. was a computer software company , best known as developers of what is now Microsoft PowerPoint .

HISTORY

In late 1983, Rob Campbell and Taylor Pohlman founded Forethought, Inc in order to develop object oriented bit-mapped application software. In 1984, they hired Bob Gaskins , a former Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
, in exchange for a large percentage of the company's stock. He and software developer Dennis Austin led the development of a program called Presenter, which they later renamed PowerPoint . Also in 1984, Forethought acquired the rights to publish a Macintosh version of a DOS
DOS
-based application called Nutshell. They named the Mac version FileMaker and it soon became enormously successful.

PowerPoint 1.0 was released in 1987 for the Apple Macintosh
Apple Macintosh
. It ran in black and white, generating text-and-graphics pages for overhead transparencies. A new full color version of PowerPoint shipped a year later after the first color Macintosh came to market. Later in 1987, Forethought and PowerPoint were purchased by Microsoft
Microsoft
Corporation for $14 million. In May 1990 the first Microsoft
Microsoft
Windows 3 versions were produced. Since 1990, PowerPoint has been a standard part of the Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office
suite of applications except for the Basic Edition.

REFERENCES

* ^ Absolute Powerpoint * ^ Glenn Koenig (2004-04-02). "The Origin of FileMaker". Retrieved 2018-01-03. * ^ "COMPANY NEWS; Microsoft
Microsoft
Buys Software Unit". New York Times. 1987-07-31. Retrieved 2006-12-02.

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Microsoft
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* History * Outline

PEOPLE

FOUNDERS

* Bill Gates
Bill Gates
* Paul Allen
Paul Allen

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

* John W. Thompson
John W. Thompson
(Chairman) * Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella
(CEO) * Dina Dublon * Maria Klawe
Maria Klawe
* David Marquardt
David Marquardt
* Charles Noski * Helmut Panke
Helmut Panke
* Mason Morfit * John W. Stanton

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

* Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella
(CEO) * Scott Guthrie
Scott Guthrie
* Amy Hood (CFO) * Terry Myerson * Harry Shum * Phil Spencer

CORPORATE VPS

* Gabe Aul
Gabe Aul
(VP) * Joe Belfiore
Joe Belfiore
* Richard Rashid (SVP) * S. Somasegar
S. Somasegar
(SVP)

DIVISIONS

* Engineering groups

* Mobile * Skype unit

* Digital Crimes Unit * Garage * Press * Research * Studios * .NET Foundation * Outercurve Foundation

ESTATES

* Microsoft
Microsoft
Redmond campus * Microsoft
Microsoft
Talo * Microsoft
Microsoft
Algeria * Microsoft
Microsoft
Egypt * Microsoft
Microsoft
India * Microsoft
Microsoft
Japan

PRODUCT FAMILIES

* Operating systems

* Windows

* Software

* Office * Servers * Visual Studio

* Hardware

* HoloLens * Surface * Xbox
Xbox

WEB PROPERTIES

* Bing * Channel 9 * CodePlex * Developer Network * MSN
MSN
* Mixer * Office.com * OneDrive * Outlook.com
Outlook.com
* TechNet * Microsoft
Microsoft
Store

CONFERENCES

* Build * MIX * PDC * TechEd * WinHEC * Inspire

CAMPAIGNS

* Where do you want to go today? (1994) * Champagne (2002) * Mojave Experiment (2006) * I\'m a PC (2008) * Scroogled (2012)

CRITICISM

* Bundling of Microsoft
Microsoft
Windows * Clippy * iLoo * Internet Explorer * Microsoft
Microsoft
Bob * _ NSAKEY

* Windows

* XP * Vista * 10

LITIGATION

* Alcatel-Lucent v. Microsoft
Microsoft
* Apple v. Microsoft
Microsoft
* European Union Microsoft
Microsoft
competition case * Microsoft
Microsoft
v. Lindows * Microsoft