PowerPoint v/s Google Slides – Which one would you choose?

Being a presenter, the presentation software that you choose to design slides makes a difference. Presenting yourself in front of the professionals or company bigwigs can be nerve-racking.

Normally, a presentation includes content and images to share information. With the advancements in technology, current presentation software packages have audio and animation features to enhance the look and feel of your presentation.

We have come forth with two of the most popular presentation packages which will help you customize your template. Make the best pick out of PowerPoint and Google Slides that are best for your business. You’ll find a lot of useful tools for your presentation here.

  • Affordability

PowerPoint – PowerPoint is a part of Microsoft Office. You must have its license to make the best use of its features. It costs around $70 annually with OneDrive and $150 one-time charge without OneDrive storage feature.

Google Slides – Google Slides is one of the best features of Google Docs and can be accessed without any charges.

  • Accessibility

PowerPoint – MS Office must be installed on your PC to run it. To access your saved files online, you must save your templates in Microsoft’s cloud storage OneDrive. PowerPoint has come forward with its online application named PowerPoint Online. Its main drawback is it lacks in many of the advancements when compared to the desktop-based original product.

Google Slides – You can easily access Google Slides online as it is a cloud-based software. You just need a Google account and internet to access your templates from any part of the world.

  • Online Performance

PowerPoint – PowerPoint Online comes with fewer features when compared to Google Slides. You can check the missing features in Microsoft Office’s Support.

Google Slides – Google Slides works flawlessly when accessed online. As it is cloud-based software, you are going to encounter some unwanted glitches or slow loading speed.

  • Offline Performance

PowerPoint – PowerPoint is desktop-based software at first. It doesn’t require any internet connection to create presentations. You just have to download and install it on your personal computer. It has a wide array of features, style effects, and cool animations to design perfect presentations.

Google Slides – You can access your Google Slides offline. You just have to turn on the offline mode while you are online.

  • Storage and Backups

PowerPoint – If you have subscribed for PowerPoint 2016 and MS Office 365, this program offers an AutoSave option that will help you save a copy of your document after every few seconds on OneDrive. To recover your data from unexpected crashes, the AutoRecover option is a lifesaver.

Google Slides – You can save all your data on cloud-based Google Drive. It helps you save your data automatically with pressing Save after every few minutes. You can edit your previous saved files whenever and wherever an internet connection is available.

  • Teamwork

PowerPoint – To work as a team, you and your team members must work with PowerPoint 2010, save a copy of your template in OneDrive and share it with your members. Moreover, you can access PowerPoint online for teamwork.

Google Slides – Team collaboration is seamless with Google Slides. You just have to share your template with the fellow-collaborators to edit, chat, or comment simultaneously on the required areas of your presentation. Any changes made can be viewed instantly just like the real-time system.

  • Special Effects

PowerPoint – Undoubtedly, PowerPoint comes with additional features and special effects that can be accessed with the help of its desktop version. PowerPoint Online is a basic software program as compared to its PC based program.

Google Slides – Google Slides doesn’t offer more than basic transitions and features if compared. It doesn’t have much in its bucket list for a creative person to explore his/her potential.

  • Fonts

PowerPoint – Usually, PowerPoint comes with locally installed font styles. Even if you add fancier font styles, they won’t display properly.

Google Slides – Google Slides have a wide variety of font styles to try your creativity. You do not need to install anything to enjoy it.

Both software programs have unique functionalities. We have given our best, to sum up the pros and cons of both programs. It is your choice to pick one that meets your academic and professional needs to leave a prolonging impression on the audience.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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