4.67 linear feet in 3 record cartons and 1 oversize box
The Dennis Austin PowerPoint records contain materials documenting the design and development of the slide show presentation software, PowerPoint. The bulk of the collection is from 1986 to 1994 during the time that Dennis Austin was working as a software developer on what became PowerPoint, first at Forethought, Inc. and then at Microsoft after Forethought was purchased by Microsoft in 1987. The records in this collection include Dennis Austin’s notes and design drawings, PowerPoint source code, program and feature descriptions, correspondence, user’s manuals, promotional materials, and business records from Forethought and Microsoft's Graphics Business Unit (GBU). PowerPoint has been included with Microsoft Office from Office’s first release in 1990. Dennis Austin had an important role in PowerPoint’s design and growth and his records form a unique perspective on one of the most widely-used pieces of software in the world.