There are many talks about the best software for presentations today. It’s been a while since PowerPoint was the best solution. Now we can use Keynote for iOS and Google Slides as the latest online tool. OFC, PowerPoint isn't staying away and offers its own unique features. But which is the best?
We’ve asked experts in different areas about the type of software they choose to create presentations and why. Primarily, the choice was between good old PowerPoint and the latest online tool Google Slides. Look through their votes and comments below.
Do you have your favorite presentation tool? Leave your vote here:
If you create presentations with the help of other tools, please share it in the comment section below this blog post.
Omi Sido, Senior Technical SEO at Canon Europe
I use Keynote all the time but if I have to choose I would probably go direction Google Slides - free to use, accessible from everywhere and last but not least Google Slides allow seamless collaboration between you and your team members.
Google Slides for sure. Free and the collaboration with your team members seal the deal.
I do presentations frequently and am a PowerPoint loyalist. The number one reason for my loyalty is that, if you present enough, you will have to endure a computer malfunction, and the ease of sliding a jump drive into any other business machine, online or off, and picking right up is worth using PowerPoint.
Further, the multitude of templates for PowerPoint more than makes up for the collaborative features of Google Slides - who's making collaborative presentations anyway?
Well other than a few sync issues from time to time, I've found it a great product from Google, a total time saver indeed. Last time I used it for my presentation, I was on the run, traveling between cities for work, home and for job interviews without my machine. I thanked God for putting me in this Google era
Pros and Cons of Google Slides
Pros and Cons of Microsoft Powerpoint
I'm a huge fan of Google Slides!
Main reason is because of how easy it is to collaborate with other users in our organization, since we are on Google apps. The only downside is that there are some limitations in design flexibility, but there are plenty of great templates available online that make up for this fact.
#1 tip would be to make sure you use Chrome and turn on offline editing functionality - that way you can edit slides on the go!
I prefer Google Slides because it’s easier to use than PowerPoint, plus, it also gives you the ability to collaborate from wherever you and your team members are in the world.
These added features are also a great bonus:
You can do this using Chromecast, Airplay, or Hangouts.
Maryna Shkvorets, a Public Speaking coach
Nine times out of ten, I would recommend Google Slides.
I love knowing that my presentation is automatically backed up and I don't have to physically bring it with me. On top of that, I find that templates that come with Google Slides are more modern and minimal compared to PowerPoint.
On the other hand, if I'll be presenting at an event where I have to use someone else's laptop or if I don't know if the venue has reliable wifi, I'll go with PowerPoint. It's a little more old school that way. Of course, I'd still create the presentation in Google.
Juhi Kore, University of Oxford | University of Tampa
I use Google Slides first and foremost because it facilitates collaboration. It is also operating system agnostic and doesn't require a user to have the latest version every single time.
In terms of capabilities, it has all the functions you would use in a work-related slideshow. The font selection, editing options, and formatting options have always sufficed my needs.
Stacy Caprio, Founder of Her.CEO
I choose Google Slides over PowerPoint since even if there are technical difficulties or you forget to send your slides to yourself or the presenter, you will always be able to find a way to access Google Slides on the cloud. Having the ability to access your Google Slides anywhere you have WiFi is a huge advantage that PowerPoint does not possess.
David S. Wills, www.ted-ielts.com
I personally use PPTs because they are so commonly used. I know that sounds like a bad reason, but actually it makes a lot of sense.
As a lecturer, I prepare my classes at home and often these include PPTs. I can stick them on a USB drive and carry them to my university, where I can go to any classroom or lecture hall and know that they will load easily!
If I had Google Slides, I would need to know that the computer was capable of handling them.
A few years ago I did try to get off Windows and use other software, but had to go back for this very reason. In short, the ubiquity of Microsoft Office made it essential for me to use Powerpoint.
Kathleen Celmins, Kathleencelmins.com
I'd pick Google Slides every time. They're far easier to use, their built-in templates are more modern looking, and you can't beat cloud storage for collaboration.
Sam Coppard, Marketing manager at Candide
We always use Google Slides at Candide. Everyone can instantly see any changes that are made to the presentation, which makes collaboration so much easier.
Google Slides also integrates nicely with Google Calendar. A link on the calendar invite makes it simple for anyone watching the presentation to follow along on their laptop if they prefer it that way. And any notes that are added will be updated in real-time, so there's a lower risk of miscommunication and less follow-up work required afterwards.
Here are a few pros of Google Slides:
With regards to features, it depends upon your team's requirements, and how much you want to spend. While PowerPoint will cost you and require you to install the software, Slides is free and cloud-based.
Personally, I prefer PowerPoint.
PowerPoint has years of experience, and thus, a sense of maturity when it comes to user requirements and friendliness. Besides manual designing and customizations, it offers a huge diversity of cool features, useful themes & layouts, fashionable fonts, great animations, and wondrous effects which not only run smoothly but also allow the creation of swaying presentations. Here are some of the reasons, I select Powerpoint anytime over Google Slides:
Yes, I agree that Google Slides has some really cool built-in templates, but they are very basic and limited. On the other hand, Powerpoint comes with a huge gallery of built-in themes and layouts, for basic as well as advanced presentations. This comes handy for several of my office presentations, whether it is for a prospective content strategy or an instructive manual.
And if this is not enough, Microsoft's online pool offers hundreds of Office templates & themes well-suited for a range of categories and events, which covers all of my work needs.
Often, I need some kind special effects thrown over the contents, that aid me to deliver presentations much more effectively. Or even make small corporate, informative videos. This prompts me to use Powerpoint more rigorously, as it offers more than five dozens of effects, animations, and transitions. These include basic ones, advanced ones, and then, there are complex ones which I can manually create with a series of basic and advanced ones.
As I have mentioned earlier, many times I need to make small corporate, informative videos. Since Office 2010, PowerPoint supports .mp4 as one of their export formats, which allows me to make videos out of my presentations. It supports a variety of export formats for presentations, images, pdf, videos, notes, banners, handouts, and much more, which comes handy to prepare a series of work documents.
Slide Master in PowerPoint is much more intuitive and quite resourceful, in comparison to that of Google Slides. With drag and drop option for everything, that I usually need, it becomes quite easy to customize the default layouts or if I want to make new ones. Also, Powerpoint offers additional Handout Master and Notes Master which can be easily customized, in case I need hard copies of my presentation.
Probably, the biggest issue I face using PowerPoint is its inability to be used as a collaborative tool. I need to save each file, every time and share over an external channel such as email or cloud storage.
We have used both PowerPoint and Google Slides for creating presentations and infographics but we prefer using Google Slides because of the following reasons:
Typically, I choose Google Slides over powerpoint simply because my usage of slides revolves around collaboration. Fortunately, Google Slides offers much of the same basic functions and design options that Powerpoint does. One major benefit of Google Slides is that it constantly saves and allows users to revert to older versions quite easily if need be. Powerpoint is generally a stronger choice for those looking to create custom templates and utilize powerpoint's many transitions and special effects.
Hands down Google slides out beats PowerPoint, Although things like OneDrive make PowerPoint presentations available in the cloud Google slides has the ability to not only be user friendly but gives you the tools to share, always accessible, and gives a lot more options to creating a more personalized experience with automation with things like appscript.
I choose Google Slides every time over Powerpoint.
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Conclusion - I always choose Google Slides because Google Slides is in the cloud which enables sharing and collaboration easier.
Although Google Slides and PowerPoint have the same purpose, which is creating presentations, they are definitely ideal for different uses.
Google Slides works entirely online. The software took advantage of being born in the digital age by including many digital-born features, including real-time group edition, accessible tools, intuitive templates, multiple export options and useful add-ons. The software is integrated with your Google account, and it easily allows you to create and share presentations with people.
Google Slides is more helpful when you need to make a group presentation or add notes to somebody else's work. The tool can be viewed in your phone or tablet without the need to save it or something similar. All of the changes made to Google Slides presentations are automatically saved to your Google account, which makes it more practical and protects you from losing edits or entire files.
PowerPoint, on the other hand, can be useful for people who are familiar with the Microsoft Office interface. Another important note is that PowerPoint has been the go-to software for presentation for years, so it has many features that became standard for users. If you work on presentations that fall under specific norms, such as MLA or APA, you will find all of the required features in PowerPoint.
I use both, but for different reasons. If I’m going to be collaborating with another person, I like to use Google Slides for the ease of sharing and being able to simultaneously work together on it without having to worry about overwriting the other person’s slides. However, I like to use PowerPoint if it’s just me making it. PowerPoint has way more features and add-ons that are relatively simple to use. I feel like I can make a more detailed and professional presentation via PowerPoint vs Google Slides.
Steve Kurniawan, Content Specialist & Growth Strategist at Nine Peaks media
In my opinion, Google Slide is the better choice in most situations thanks to its affordability and seamless integration with Google products. However, PowerPoint does offer richer features and template collections.
Our team at One Week website is no stranger to presentations. In fact, we create original brand stories for each customer.
To build these brand stories we use Google Slides, and here's why:
Here is why I choose Google Slides every time:
Because of the built-in cloud access, I choose Google Slides every time. Whether I'm creating a presentation alone or as part of a team effort, the remote work station access is invaluable. I love that I can share access to team members as well - just be sure to set the share settings on your Google Drive so that they can edit, if you need their help.
Both interfaces are very similar, so it's not that hard to switch between the two. But we use Google Suite at Survey Anyplace. It's just so much easier to cooperate, review and comment on presentations with Google Slides compared to Powerpoint. Especially for presentations, which are more often than not a team effort.
In the past, we often had the feeling that Google Slides was a bit of a "light" version. It had fewer features and functionalities, but lately, that has changed quite a bit.
Another advantage when you use all Google Suite products is the possibilities to link different programs, you can easily use data from Google Sheets to create charts in Slides.