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PowerPoint vs Google Slides: Which is Better?

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PowerPoint vs Google Slides: Which is Better?

PowerPoint vs Google Slides: Which is Better?
When it comes to creating presentations, there are generally two programs that people gravitate towards PowerPoint or Google Slides.

The question is, does it really make a difference which one you use and is one better than the other… does it matter?

Especially since you can convert PowerPoint to Google Slides (see step-by-step guide here) and vice versa, the battle may seem a little pointless. But, we know that when it comes to creating good work, everyone has a preference for a program to begin with.

With that in mind, we decided to break the two presentation powerhouses down to help you determine which one is best suited for your presentation needs.

Affordability

First up is the cold hard question about cash.

Since PowerPoint is part of the Microsoft Office package, you need to have a Microsoft Office license to use it. So unless your employer foots the bill or you’re a student enrolled in an educational institute with an Office 365 subscription, then you will need to purchase a package.

You can access a free online version of PowerPoint, but it is missing some of the features of the desktop version.

The Microsoft Office Suite starts at $70 annually, so they don’t exactly break the bank, but it’s still more than ‘free’...which is precisely what Google Slides is.

Google Slides is part of the Google Docs package, which is entirely free to use, and you can’t get more affordable than that!

Accessibility

Google Slides is a cloud-based program, meaning that you don’t need to download or install any software to run it.

As long as you have an internet-enabled device and are connected, you can access your presentation from any place at any time.

As we mentioned, PowerPoint requires you to have the MS Office software installed on your personal computer. This means that your presentations will be saved to your hard drive and accessible only on your PC. That said, you can access your presentations online via the OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage, so it’s not a huge problem.

Performance: Online and Offline

Online is where Google Slides was intended for, and its design is as such.

As long as you have a reliable internet connection, all of its features will work without a hitch. If you do want to use Google Slides offline, then you will have to turn on this option when you are online.

PowerPoint Online is an option but isn’t ideal due to lacking the wide range of cool features, animations, and effects of the desktop version. Keep in mind that you can easily convert your PC based PowerPoint presentation to Google Slides and have easy access via your Google Drive.

Templates

When it comes to making presentations, in either PowerPoint or Google Slides, readymade templates can be a real timesaver.

Both PowerPoint and Google Slides provide a great selection of versatility and modern templates suitable for a wide range of purposes.

But, PowerPoint takes the edge on the number of templates and their diversity. They have a vast library of editable templates with custom graphic elements for you to peruse.

That said, if you don’t see what you’re after in the gallery of Google Slides or PowerPoint for that matter, then you can find plenty more via free websites dedicated to templates for both programs.

Collaboration

If you’re sharing the workload on a presentation, then the ability to work together easily will become a huge factor in your choice of the presentation program.

Google Slides is certainly an easy option for seamless collaboration between multiple people. You can share the document with your team members and assign different rights, such as view only, comment, or edit. You can all edit simultaneously, and all edits saved instantly, and if something goes wrong, you can see all changes, who made them, and restore older versions of the presentation.

In PowerPoint, collaboration isn’t quite as simple, but by no means is it difficult. Whoever is working on the presentation will need PowerPoint 2010 or later. Then, if you are the ‘master’ creator, save the template to the OneDrive and share it with your collaborators.

Remember, you don’t have to choose the same program as your team-mates, as you can easily convert them, each to the other.
Conclusion

Remember, Microsoft has been in the business for over 30 years, and that doesn’t go unnoticed. So, if the price doesn’t bother you, then Microsoft PowerPoint is probably the best option for the sheer wealth of original features, countless templates, and the constant updates.

However, Google Slides is a very close second, and since the two programs can be converted to the other, if you change your mind at any
the point, you can easily switch!

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