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What is Microsoft PowerPoint?

PowerPoint is a Microsoft on-premise presentation solution that lets professionals create, edit and share slides with team members, external clients and other stakeholders. Administrators can track changes made by team members and insert embedded animations, tables, shapes, icons, images, 3D objects and other elements within PowerPoint decks. Managers can use customizable themes and templates to design presentations with transitions.

Who Uses Microsoft PowerPoint?

On-premise customizable presentation solution that helps organizations of all size create and modify presentations with templates, themes, clipart, audio & video integration, cloud-storage and more.

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Reviews of Microsoft PowerPoint

Average score

Overall
4.7
Ease of Use
4.6
Customer Service
4.3
Features
4.6
Value for Money
4.5

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Samuel
Samuel
Founder and CEO in UK
Verified LinkedIn User
Internet, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Microsoft PowerPoint for Presentation.

5.0 3 weeks ago New

Comments: MS PowerPoint makes work easier with automatic design inspiration.
Makes presentation seamless.

Pros:

Easy to use. Value for money. Large community. Maintained by Microsoft. Artificial Intelligence is integrated in MS PowerPoint for custom AI generated contents. Can embed MS Excel charts and tables, Power BI Charts, images, audio, videos, urls, geospatial data and many more into slides. Customer support. Comes with Office 365. Automatic design generation.

Cons:

Cannot view embedded raw html file, except you intend to attach the file with it and open in a browser. Cannot be installed as stand alone.

Randy
Director Corporate Operations in US
Transportation/Trucking/Railroad, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Used for Training Presentations

4.0 last week New

Comments: We used power point to create training presentations for new driver hires

Pros:

Flexibility, ability to import images and modify fonts to make impactful presentations

Cons:

nothing stands out as a negative on this product other than the learning curve for advanced features

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Graphic Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Used Often and Incorrectly

3.0 5 years ago

Comments: Whenever someone sends me a PPT, I sort of groan. I may open the file and export it to a PDF to get a smaller file OR the PPT will be just a 1-pager from someone who is trying to show me a layout or concept of something. Personally, it would be faster if they drew it on a piece of paper and took a picture with their phone and send it as an image than to go through the trouble of using PPT for that. There are PLENTY of expert PPT users/designers who know how to either create a properly formatted template to use or know how to assemble a professional looking deck. These are always easier to work with but in the end, the files are way to large, 100% of the time. If the app was more intuitive OR there were better resources on how to use PPT properly for those who don't have time or can't afford to hire a designer to assemble their deck.

Pros:

It's the most widely used and available software (meaning so many people have it so it's likely you'll be albe to send/receive a file and open it. Using the Master slides feature which is where you can set and "fix" your logo in place to appear on each slide, have a variety of slide formats/layouts to choose from, and even set a typography stylesheet/style set.

Cons:

First and foremost, the finished file sizes are always ridiculously large. This is a problem because so many people always try to email them and I find they either bounce back because they are too large to email, or I'll be out and if the PPT attachment does get thorugh, it's still so large and sort of clogs up my email and whatever is behind it. Secondly, I know PPT is meant to be a presentation software and intended for "screen presentations" but because of this, what happens is that no matter what image is imported in (like a logo or a photo), it is automatically converted to a lower resolution image. This means if you try to print the presentation, any imported graphics will look 'meh' compared to the text. Third, and this isn't really the fault of Microsoft or PowerPoint, but I regularly see PPT decks that look like something the person's kid put together. Most often, this is due to the fact that the user doesn't have a full understanding how to use PPT, and this results in slides looking inconsistent from the next. Alignments are off, a variety of fonts get used, and it just looks like a draft instead of a polished "presentation". Fourth and lastly, it does not play so nice with Macs. It seems Microsoft went out of it's way to create a whole Office for Mac variety but didn't seem to do any full work on making sure it was fully compatible and played nice. It regularly loads slow, doesn't show things correctly, or just crashes (the latter is the most common).

Adeotan
owner in US
Accounting, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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My Thoughts.

4.0 last month New

Comments: very useful if you are in school or have a project at work, plus you can try out different designs on your project, so that's cool.

Pros:

1. You can make slides very easily. 2. It is user-friendly. 3.it's very useful for projects

Cons:

Just the activation key sometimes it freezes when loading it depends on your laptop.

Nitheen
Software Developer in US
Computer Software, 5,001–10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Great for creating presentations

5.0 7 days ago New

Pros:

Presentations are very crucial for an explaining the concept to the team or to leadership. This tool has helped in creating the best slides and customizable templates and animations makes it even better aesthetically.

Cons:

Great tool to work and no complaints so far.