Dennis Austin, co-creator of Microsoft PowerPoint, dies at 76
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Dennis Austin, one of the co-creators of Microsoft PowerPoint, has died at the age of 76.
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Dennis Austin, along with Robert Gaskins, developed PowerPoint and introduced it in 1987.
Austin and Gaskins were both part of the software company Forethought, which was later acquired by Microsoft for $14 million shortly after the launch of PowerPoint, which was originally named Presenter.
Initially, PowerPoint was available exclusively for the Macintosh platform.
About Dennis R. Austin's career:
Dennis R. Austin was the lead software developer of PowerPoint from 1985 to 1996, focusing on versions for Apple Macintosh computers.
He began his career in the computer division of General Electric in Arizona, followed by positions at Honeywell in Massachusetts and Burroughs in California.
In late 1984 Forethought, Inc. He became a software developer for Gavilon Computer.
At Forethought, Robert Gaskins initiated the development of graphical presentation software that later became PowerPoint, with Austin as the lead developer.
Tom Rudkin joined the PowerPoint project and made significant programming contributions along with Austin.
Microsoft acquired Forethought in 1987, and Austin remained as the lead developer of PowerPoint until 1996.
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