I can’t believe I missed wishing PowerPoint a happy 25th anniversary! Maybe I should take it out for a few drinks. (It would only be fair, considering how many times PowerPoint has driven me to drink.)
Millions of happy cubicle-dwellers adore PowerPoint. It has less of a learning curve than its predecessors (remember Aldus Persuasion?) and its preformatted templates can be a huge time-saver. It’s easy to import images and build colorful charts.
Ironically, these are the very attributes that make PowerPoint so dangerous.
Users are lulled into complacency by all those nifty bullets, as if breaking their rambling text into incoherent little chunks will make it easier to understand. Add in a little animation (To wipe or to twist? That is the question!), a dash of colored text, some Word Art and a pie chart, and the horror is complete.
Well, for what it’s worth: Happy birthday, PowerPoint.