Microsoft Powerpoint

Microsoft Powerpoint

Slideshow presentation software

4.6/5 (12633 reviews)

Microsoft Powerpoint Overview

New Microsoft PowerPoint is cleaner and primed for use on tablets and phones, so you can swipe and tap your way through presentations. Presenter View automatically adapts to your projection set-up, and you can even use it on a single monitor. Themes now come with variations, which make it simpler to hone in on the look you want. And when you’re working with others, you can add comments to ask questions and get feedback.

Pricing

Starting from
US$10,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish and 22 others, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

Microsoft Powerpoint Reviews

Overall rating
4.6/5
96% positive reviews
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Excellent
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Very good
458
Average
36
Poor
3
Terrible
Amy S.

Far more robust than most give it credit for

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/07/02
Review Source: Capterra

PowerPoint does it all for me: In-person presentations, plans and proposals, social media graphics, animations, digital and print ad design, poster and brochure design. I reach for PowerPoint more than any other Microsoft program. When it comes to presenting ideas with strong visual impact, I think in PowerPoint.

Pros

Like most professionals who've ever had to give a presentation, I began using Powerpoint 10+ years ago as a presentation tool. Over the years, I've created more and more elegant documents, slideshows, etc., and have recently begun using Powerpoint to create digital and print ads, social media posts, posters, brochures and other collateral materials. I've appreciated how easy it is to place text and images, adjust colors, create transparent images, rotate and layer elements, create animations, and much more. Powerpoint is really a fairly intuitive tool for the professional who is capable, but not a graphic designer by trade. There are many things that Photoshop does better, of course, but I'm amazed at how much I can do with Powerpoint with far less swearing. So far the biggest limitations are the size of document you can create (under 50 inches); it doesn't set up in pixels, and it takes a little finesse to produce a high-res output. For my small marketing consultancy, where it helps to keep as much work as possible in-house without paying outside designers for certain types of projects, Powerpoint has become my constant companion. I produce proposals, plans, mockups, and even some finished work all from this one, indispensible program.

Cons

Admittedly, this is not marketed as a graphic design program, but there are only a few small things that would make Powerpoint an easy-to-use tool for simple design: 1., a slightly-easier-to-use "remove background" tool (that doesn't leave the resulting image pixelated); 2., the ability to export or save documents as a Photoshop PDF; the ability to set up a document in pixels, 3., the ability to select dpi.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
James C.

PowerPoint Does It All

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/06/28
Review Source: Capterra

Well I would have to say my experience is a little more unique, building Advanced animations that can emulate a Flash type of product, but having been a Flash animator I understand those types of items. I have no problems with PowerPoint I know how to use Word to build an outline... I know how to link the data in from Excel... bring that data from a database and instead of spending two days building a report on Friday I simply just open up the files... let them all update print - publish and I'm ready for the meeting.

Pros

Over the years PowerPoint has seen an evolution through Z learning video production and other items around it without being included in those worlds. When the truth is Powerpoint was the foundation for all of those other tools and nobody just really recognized it by blowing it off as just another Microsoft product. It's unfortunate that many people don't learn the advanced animations and items available for production, especially the record video and Publishing out to if you have Office 360 the new Microsoft stream service.

Too many people are using tools like Captivate, Articulate, Camtasia, and other products that, while yes they do hold some Advanced features for their Silo of targeted audience, PowerPoint has many of these features available with skill sets you already know in an application interface you've been familiar with for over 25 years. I hate to see people waste a lot of money on the other products with time and training, when you'll notice every one of them has what... A PowerPoint import.

Cons

It can seem a little clunky at times to people who aren't as familiar with it, which I've got to put in Microsoft's court because people who know how to use Word and basically a PowerPoint is a dynamic word application based around bullet points and presentations. The trouble is enough people don't learn how to build a good presentation by building their outline in Word, focusing on the content, and then letting PowerPoint build a slide deck based on the items. It's called PowerPoint for a reason not PowerParagraph. The reason I make the distinction here as a con is because I think it has to do with the dissemination of the product information through the manufacturer and people's assumptions of its lack of capabilities or difficulty of use hasn't really been addressed, because even has an advanced experience user it can seem a little clunky at times.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Caitlin R.

Easily the most flexible presentation creator on the market

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/06/17
Review Source: Capterra

Having used this product to create multiple educational experiences with my staff, the ability for them to be able to retain both the presentation on the computer as well as to print a note taking version prior to the lecture is very beneficial. In our field (rehabilitation), PowerPoint allows the user to connect short video excerpts to get a detailed look at a specific skill and then return to a general presentation seamlessly. As updates with software or new laws enter into our field, PowerPoint can be used alongside a webinar platform to instruct many offices at the same time, ensuring that all employees receive the same information and have a way to bring the new information out into the field with us.

Pros

PowerPoint allows basic users to take a well designed template created by Microsoft and create a finished product by merely inserting information and pictures within its framework. Employees with more skill can develop more unique and integrated presentations, set them to automatically move through time within the talk, or incorporate outside video, music, or podcasts. This entire process can be downloaded into slides for people who are receiving the presentation to take notes on or to refer back to at a later date.

Cons

Employees with limited computer skills can find it difficult to see so many icons for choices on how to create slides. While the initial learning curve is moderately steep for these people, they seem to almost uniformly overcome it quickly and acquire a base level of user ability within a few presentations. The leap from basic to high end use does seem to require some know how with computer savvy in general, though I would surmise this to be true of any product in this field.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Barbara S.

Truly best and simplest tool for any presentation

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/05/21
Review Source: Capterra

I work for global technology company with multiple offices in US and internationally (Europe, Asia). I use PowerPoint for all my presentations to employees, management, Board of Directors, international employees and external parties. PowerPoint is a widely -used tool by all my company's management and employees in US and internationally. It allows us to make all presentations in highly-professional format, standard and concur to corporate presentation methods irregardless of whether presentation was created in US or international office.

Pros

I like most that PowerPoint allows to create excellent presentations in a very simple way. It is easy to create, easy to read, widely used and truly best tool for presentations to senior management, outside parties and basically, anyone. I work in finance. I do all my presentations in PowerPoint. It allows to focus on right level of details and keep information well organized. Giving presentations in PowerPoint allows me to look professionally and speak well to both financial professionals and people outside of my profession, providing them right level of details. I like that I can create presentations in PowerPoint using wide range of tools, including tables, graphs and insert pictures from Internet. I also like that at creating each presentation, I can convert it to pdf-format and distribute to high-level of management. This way, they have well-prepared and well-presented document in a format that they can't inadvertently modify. I really could not think of a better tool than PowerPoint for any presentation. I use it for all my professional presentations.

Cons

I really like PowerPoint. I often use Excel graphs (Excel build-in) linked to the presentation. I believe that there is some opportunity of improvement in those Excel build-in, when it links to Excel file. I would like to see the presentation changed automatically when Excel changes and continue to work even if Excel file got moved to a different folder. Also, I would like to see more graphic opportunity in Power Point, maybe offering some standard widely used graphs which would be easy to build in and use for presentations.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Verified Reviewer

The Well-Deserved Leader of Presentation Software

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/05/08
Review Source: Capterra

PowerPoint is used regularly across the business by office workers and senior executives alike. It is one of the most common forms of displaying information in meetings, and will no doubt be used in this way for many years to come. Information and support can be found in abundance online, and everyone it seems is familiar with the concept of PowerPoint and can navigate its UI well.

Pros

PowerPoint is very well established and as such everyone has experience with using the software in various situations and can navigate its UI well; this has meant we have had to provide less training than we normally would need to provide. There is an abundance of support information online for if users run into issues. From a technical standpoint, PowerPoint was incredibly easy to deploy as part of an Office installation package and can be maintained via GPOs. PowerPoint is filled with features; you can import media such as videos or pictures, use slide design templates to spruce up a presentation, and create slide transitions to add some magic when moving from slide to slide in presentation view. When presenting in a dual-screen mode, the presentation will display on one screen and notes/next slide previews will show on the other, which is useful for presenters.

Cons

PowerPoint can struggle with extremely large video files (upwards of 1GB) when inserted into a presentation, however it does provide a compression utility in the application to decrease video file sizes to improve performance. The basic design template can come across as a little boring (white background and black text), but this can be altered using slide design templates and text formatting tools.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Microsoft Powerpoint Pricing

Starting from
US$10,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Monthly subscription - $9.99

Application stand alone (one-time licence) - $109.99
Microsoft Office bundle (one-time licence) - from $139.99
30 days trial for free.

Microsoft Powerpoint Features

  • Projections

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Chat
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Commenting
  • Communication Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • File Management
  • Permission Management
  • SSL Security
  • Search Functionality
  • Third Party Integration

Additional information for Microsoft Powerpoint

Key features of Microsoft Powerpoint

  • Auto-extend - useful prompter for secondary monitors
  • Presenter View - new behind-the-scenes tools
  • Simplified Sharing
  • Slide Navigator - switch slides in or out of sequence
  • Slide Zoom - zoom in on a diagram, chart, or graphic
  • Variety of theme designs available

Microsoft Powerpoint FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Microsoft Powerpoint.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Microsoft Powerpoint offer?

Microsoft Powerpoint offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$10,00/month

Pricing model: Free, Subscription

Free Trial: Not Available

Monthly subscription - $9.99

Application stand alone (one-time licence) - $109.99
Microsoft Office bundle (one-time licence) - from $139.99
30 days trial for free.

Q. What are the main features of Microsoft Powerpoint?

Microsoft Powerpoint offers the following features:

  • Auto-extend - useful prompter for secondary monitors
  • Presenter View - new behind-the-scenes tools
  • Simplified Sharing
  • Slide Navigator - switch slides in or out of sequence
  • Slide Zoom - zoom in on a diagram, chart, or graphic
  • Variety of theme designs available

Q. Who are the typical users of Microsoft Powerpoint?

Microsoft Powerpoint has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Microsoft Powerpoint support?

Microsoft Powerpoint supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

Q. What type of pricing plans does Microsoft Powerpoint offer?

Microsoft Powerpoint has the following pricing plans:

Free, Subscription

Q. Does Microsoft Powerpoint support mobile devices?

Microsoft Powerpoint supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Microsoft Powerpoint integrate with?

Microsoft Powerpoint integrates with the following applications:

Accent Accelerate, Auric Prospector, DocGen, Knovio Pro, Lucidchart, MasterControl, Microsoft Planner, Qorus Software, Webinato, Windward Studios

Q. What level of support does Microsoft Powerpoint offer?

Microsoft Powerpoint offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials