Amazon History Timeline

Founded on July 5, 1994, as an online book retailer, Amazon.com has expanded over the years to sell almost anything one can think of and is now one of the most valuable companies in the world. Despite the controversies it has been involved in, the company’s managed to build an immense customer base – and a nice fortune for Jeff Bezos, who has just regained his spot as the second-richest person on the planet. Twenty-three years after it all began, let’s take a look at how Amazon evolved into a multi-million-dollar business.

The Amazon.com Timeline illustrates important dates in the history of the giant, including acquisitions, successes, and other company milestones, as well as major product & service launches throughout the years. December 7, 2016, marks the day when Amazon Prime Air made its first successful drone delivery to an actual customer in the Cambridge area, UK. The drone used GPS to find its way and made it to the customer’s address within just 13 minutes from placing the order!

Amazon History Timeline

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is one of the very few long-term attempts to successfully create a continuity between multiple movies, shows and genres under a single franchise. While the “experiment” has got audiences deeply invested in the ongoing storyline, it can be difficult to keep track of all those connections, especially since many films and shows feature flashbacks and references outside of the linear narrative. Plus, there are also a few story inconsistencies here and there.

Marvel Universe Timeline

With the abundance of Marvel films released lately and planned for the next few years, the MCU is only getting bigger and much more confusing for those who aren’t die-hard fans. To help viewers who wish to dive deeper into the Marvel world, let’s take a brief look at the MCU chronology.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline illustrates connected MCU movies and series displayed in our preferred viewing order, so as to make the most sense of the intertwined narratives and the overall storyline. For better clarity and simplicity, the graphic does not include short films or other granular Marvel properties, keeping mostly to major releases. Since the franchise has plenty other films and series planned, it is likely that the timeline will change in the future. We’ll do our best to update it as new movies or seasons come out.

Clarifications regarding the timeline (may contain spoilers)

1.    Recommended viewing order

The movies and TV shows are arranged on the graphic considering the in-universe chronology, not the release dates. The timeline is recommended to those who have at least some knowledge about the MCU or to viewers who want to re-watch all major Marvel properties from a new perspective, by the order the events occurred in. For those who are not at all accustomed to any of the MCU characters, the simplest and safest way to watch the shows would be by release dates.

2.    Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger was placed first on the timeline as 90% of the action takes place in the ‘40s, before any other story in the MCU (so far). Some may argue that the whole movie is just a flashback and that its modern-day narrative would fit best after Thor. Although this is certainly a valid viewing order too, we preferred watching Captain America first as learning how the sickly Steve Rogers came to be a superhero is a great way to begin a Marvel marathon and get some context about the MCU right from the start.

3.    Spider-Man: Homecoming

When Spider-Man: Homecoming came out, it sparked quite a lot of confusion among MCU enthusiasts: viewers were lead to believe that the story was set a few months after Civil War (which means 2016), but a title card at the beginning of the movie stated that the action took place 8 years after The Avengers (which adds up to the year 2020, after the events of Infinity War).

With the release of Infinity War (set in 2018), the timeline seems to have been “fixed.” Parker is seen wearing the Iron Spider suit in Infinity War, which was revealed by Tony Stark only at the end of Homecoming, so it is clear that the events in Spider-Man can’t possibly happen after the latest Avengers movie. In addition, during the Infinity War press tour, co-director Joe Russo declared that the title card in Homecoming was an error, so now we know that, most probably, Spidey’s story is indeed set close to Civil War.

4.    Avengers: Infinity War and S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5

Avengers: Infinity War and the last four episodes of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S5) take place roughly at the same time, according to references within the TV show and to statements made by screenwriter Joss Whedon. Considering that the series’ season 5 finale didn’t address Infinity War’s earth-shattering ending as fans frightfully expected, we can assume it ends before the movie’s climax. Therefore, we’ve placed the full season (including episodes 19-22) before the movie on the timeline.


The Marvel chronology was created with the help of Office Timeline, an add-in for PowerPoint that allows users to quickly build timelines and Gantt charts for business or academic communications. The tool is available in two versions, Free and Plus. While the free edition is fully functional and great for creating and editing simple visuals fast, the paid version comes with powerful extra features, such as the ability to import data from Excel, update it instantly, and customize graphics down to the smallest detail.

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IBM History Timeline

Founded on May 6, 1911, originally under the name of CTR (Computing Tabulating Recording Company), IBM has survived and thrived for over a century. Throughout the years, the company has not only witnessed major historical events – it’s actually made history. A pioneer of information technology, the International Business Machines Corporation has been constantly bringing innovations to the field, and it now stands at the forefront of a global industry that’s revolutionizing the way people, businesses and organizations operate and thrive. To celebrate the giant’s 106th anniversary, let’s take a look back in time and see how it all started.

IBM History Timeline

The IBM History Timeline illustrates some of the major milestones and accomplishments in the vast history of the company, as well as important innovations and developments it’s brought to the computing industry. From developing the first hard drive and the floppy disk to aiding space exploration and introducing the Watson supercomputer to the world, the corporation has shaped technology as we know it today – no wonder its researchers have earned 5 Nobel Prizes, 6 Turing awards, and 10 National Medals of Technology, to name just a few.

The IBM History illustration was built using the Office Timeline PowerPoint add-in and is free to copy, modify and distribute for private or public use. To build similar visuals fast and easily, we recommend using the Plus version of the app, a simple but powerful tool ideal for business and academic presentations.

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Android Timeline

Google has just made available the public beta of Android O during its I/O 2017 conference held between May 17 and 19, which means everyone with a compatible device can now check out the new features before the official launch. Although an exact release date hasn’t been announced yet, Google stated that O will be coming later this summer. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at the other Android releases and see what they have been up to.

Android Timeline

The Android Timeline illustrates all major versions of the mobile OS and their release dates, as well as an overview of their distribution among Android users, as reported by Google at the beginning of May. Variants with a market share lower than 0.1% were not included in the chart. As can be seen from the graphic, Lollipop and Marshmallow are the most popular platforms, each with a share of over 30%, while the relatively new Nougat reaches only 7.10%. Although Nougat’s percentage seems low, it is a considerable increase compared to the 4.10% it had in April 2017.

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What's Changed in Office Timeline

Thanks to valuable customer feedback and after months of hard work from our development team, we are excited to announce that Office Timeline has undergone a major redesign. The latest version of the add-in (3.14.00) comes with an improved interface and new features to help professionals create and customize timelines faster, smarter, and with greater control over their work.

Here’s what’s new in Office Timeline:

          Simplified the Office Timeline ribbon

The first major change users will notice after downloading the latest version of the add-in is that the Office Timeline ribbon has been simplified dramatically. In the past, the ribbon featured a variety of functions and customization options, as seen below:

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In the latest version of the add-in, you will see that many of those options have been removed to reduce crowding:

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However, they have not disappeared. Preceding versions of Office Timeline featured the Style Wizard on the ribbon. Now all Style Wizard functionality has now been moved into the new Style Pane, which enables faster timeline customization and provides simpler user experience.

          3-Step Timeline Creation

Before the latest update, users would build new timelines in 4 simple steps, using the Timeline Creation Wizard.

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The new version introduces even faster, 3-step timeline creation, removing the Style page from the Wizard and transferring its functionality to the Style pane.

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          The Style Pane

The Style Pane enables professionals to fully customize any item on a timeline in one single place, with just a few clicks.

  • 1. First, make sure the Style Pane button is activated.
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  • 2. To start customizing your timeline, simply click on a milestone, task, title or any other object you wish to style, and all customization options will appear in the Style Pane on the right.
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          Changes in Styling Options

The latest version of Office Timeline also comes with new styling features and functionality improvements, including:

  • 1. Task shape outline

Now, users can not only tweak task colors, sizes and spacing, but also add outlines to emphasize important tasks. To do so, simply select a task bar, click Outline, and choose the desired width and color.

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  • 2. Task % complete highlight options

Another new styling option brought by the latest update is the ability to highlight the percent complete indicator in any color, allowing users to add even more variety to their timelines:

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  • 3. Apply to all

By default, the Style Pane customizes individual timeline objects. If users wish to apply the same styling options to all similar objects on the timeline, they can do so in an instant by clicking Apply to all.

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It is important to note, however, that the function will impact all variables in the same styling group. For instance, when changing a task’s size and hitting Apply to all, the function will apply not only to the size of the selected item but to all the other tasks affecting their spacing, shape and color as well.

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The development team is constantly working to enhance Office Timeline and improve user experience. While the current release comes with many exciting changes, it is only the beginning: more updates will be coming soon and will bring even more enhancements, from improved Apply to all functionality to multi-select customization. Meanwhile, we are eager to hear your thoughts on the latest developments.

About Office Timeline Plus

Professionals spend a lot of time creating timelines, Gantt charts and other visuals to communicate their data more effectively at important meetings. Office Timeline makes the process faster and simpler, allowing users to:

  • work right inside PowerPoint, providing an easy, familiar and seamless experience
  • create simple, elegant visuals that are easy for audiences to understand and remember
  • instantly update timelines when their milestone or task data changes
  • scale from years and decades down to hours and minutes
  • easily print and share the PowerPoint timelines for improved collaboration.

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