PowerPoint vs Google Slides: Which Tool is Right for Your Presentation Needs?

PowerPoint vs Google Slides: Which Tool is Right for Your Presentation Needs?
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Are you trying to decide between Google PowerPoint and Google Slides for building your next presentation? Both tools offer a range of features and capabilities that can help you create professional-quality presentations.

However, there are also some key differences between these two tools that you should be aware of when deciding which one to use for your presentation needs.

Features and Capabilities

A key difference between PowerPoint and Google Slides is the range of features and capabilities that they offer. PowerPoint includes all of the features that you would expect from traditional presentation software, such as the ability to add text, images, and multimedia content to slides, as well as tools for customizing the layout, design, and animation of the presentation.

Google Slides, on the other hand, is a more streamlined and simplified tool that focuses on the core features that most users need for building presentations. It includes a range of pre-designed templates and themes that you can use to quickly create professional-looking presentations, as well as tools for adding and formatting text and multimedia content on slides. However, it does not include some of the more advanced features and capabilities that are available in  PowerPoint, such as the ability to customize slide transitions and animations, or to create custom shapes and diagrams.

Collaboration and Sharing

In terms of collaboration and sharing, both PowerPoint and Google Slides include features that make it easy for users to work together on presentations. In PowerPoint, users can invite others to collaborate on a presentation, and they can see who else is working on the presentation in real-time. They can also leave comments and feedback on specific slides, and they can use the built-in chat and messaging features to communicate with each other.

Google Slides also includes similar collaboration and sharing features, such as the ability to invite others to collaborate on a presentation and to see who else is working on the presentation in real time. It also includes tools for leaving comments and feedback on specific slides, and for communicating with other collaborators using the built-in chat and messaging features.

Google Slides used to be much better at collaboration and sharing, but I've found that in the past year, PowerPoint has been able to close the gap and catch up.

Pricing

In terms of pricing, both PowerPoint and Google Slides are available for free if you have an account with the service. Microsoft PowerPoint online is free, but the desktop version is not.

One way to get PowerPoint desktop for free is to register for a community college class in order to get a .edu email address. All students get access to Microsoft PowerPoint for free.

Users who want to use advanced features on Google Slides or who need additional storage for their presentations, will need to upgrade to a paid Google Workspace plan. These plans start at $6 per user per month for the Basic plan, which includes 30GB of storage and access to advanced features.

Google Workspace Pricing
Microsoft Office Pricing

Summary

Overall, both PowerPoint and Google Slides are powerful and useful tools for creating presentations, and they each have their own strengths and weaknesses.

Google PowerPoint is a more comprehensive and feature-rich tool that is well-suited for users who need a wide range of features and capabilities for their presentations. However, it is also more complex and requires users to have some knowledge of presentation design and layout.

Google Slides, on the other hand, is a simpler and more intuitive tool that is well-suited for users who are new to presentation software, or who need a quick and easy way to create professional-looking presentations. It does not offer as many features and capabilities as PowerPoint, but it is more user-friendly and easier to learn.

My personal recommendation? Go with PowerPoint.

Written by
Tom Tran
Business presentation designer, marketing manager, and goldendoodle dad.
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