Dennis Austin, Co-Creator of PowerPoint, Dies.

Dennis Austin, the co-creator of PowerPoint presentation died at his home in Los Altos, California on September 1, he was 76. His son, Michael Austin, told that he was suffering from lung cancer metastasising to his brain.

Mr Austin had studied engineering at several universities, including MIT and UC Santa Barbara, before joining the software company Forethought as a software developer and co-developing Powerpoint. According to The Washington Post, the company released the software in 1987, and Microsoft bought the company just a few months later for $14 million. Mr. Austin was the PowerPoint's primary developer from 1985 to 1996 when he retired.

By 1993, PowerPoint was generating more than $100 million in sales. Microsoft integrated PowerPoint into its suite of Office programs, including Word.

Mr. Austin was born in Pittsburgh on May 28, 1947. He studied engineering at the University of Virginia.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com


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