Which is Better? [ULTIMATE Test!] – Art of Presentations (2023)

Both PowerPoint and Google Slides are powerful presentation design applications, but which is better? This blog post will compare the two to help you decide which one to use. We’ll cover the advantages of each application and share some disadvantages. Finally, we’ll make a suggestion for what type of user might prefer either PowerPoint or Google Slides.

So, without any further delay, let’s get started!

Is Google Slides Better than PowerPoint?

There are a lot of people who have been wondering this very question a lot lately! In fact, a quick comparison of the popularity of PowerPoint and Google Slides using Google Trends showcases that the question is quite valid!

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As you may notice, Google Slides has been on an upward trend ever since it was launched. In the last few years, it has only gathered further momentum.

Furthermore, with the pandemic in 2020, Google Slides has been seen as a great free alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint. It has gathered a lot of attention and accolades, especially from teachers and students apart from the business owners.

That said, if more people are using a particular service doesn’t really mean that it is better than its competitors!

Let’s do a side-by-side comparison of the two applications and see how they compare with each other. After all, your purpose of using a presentation design application might be different from what majority of the people might be using it for!

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PowerPoint vs Google Slides (Side-by-Side Comparison)

In this section, I shall be doing a side-by-side comparison between PowerPoint and Google Slides. This comparison will be based on some of the key parameters that any user should consider before choosing the correct presentation design applications for themselves.

Hopefully, the comparison will highlight the strengths of each of the two applications and help you make your own decision about which application is best for you.

S.NoParameterPowerPointGoogle Slides
1CostStarts at about $70/user annuallyCompletely FREE
2FeaturesProvides a plethora of features for both beginners and advanced users alikeBasic features needed for a presentation design application are provided
3User InterfaceClean and easy to operate Clean and easy for simple tasks. But, complex tasks (like adjusting animation layers, delay, and timings) can become really time-consuming
4Beginner FriendlyFairly beginner friendly, but takes time to master all the features (since there are many features available)Very beginner friendly
5Cross-Platform CompatibilityHighly interoperable. PPT files considered gold standard and are widely accepted in keynote, Google Slides and other open source softwareGoogle Slides allows PowerPoint files to be imported. Google Slides can also be exported as PPT files and opened in PowerPoint (once converted to ppt format, it can also be opened in Keynote)
6Offline AccessPowerPoint is primarily offlineFiles can also be accessed offline using the “Make available offline” feature
7Online AccessLimited online accessibility featuresGoogle Slides is a cloud-based application. Online access is the industry gold standard
8Operating System SupportCan be accessed using mostly Windows and Mac OSCan be accessed from any OS since it only needs a browser and an internet connection to operate
9App SupportApp exists for android and iOS devices, but is best used for viewing presentations or making minimal changesProvides a good app that allows you to design a presentation on the phone. However, not all features are available on the app.
10Audio/Video IntegrationBoth audio and video can be easily embedded. Narration can be easily be added directly on each slide. However, YouTube videos don’t work that well in PowerPointYouTube videos work seamlessly! Audio and video can be added, but need to upload them separately through Google Drive. You can not add narrations directly but you can upload audio files for each slide separately
11File Formats for ExportSupports export to multiple file formats including JPEG, PNG, PDF, Video, PPS, GIF, BMP, WMV, and many othersExport is limited to the basic and most common file formats including PPT, PDF, TXT, SVG, JPEG, PNG
(Note– exporting as JPEG or PNG is only available for a single slide)
12Animations & TransitionsMore than 85 animations (entrance, emphasis, and exit) and transitions are availableVery limited animations and transition (15-20) options are available
13Themes & TemplatesAbout 20 very basic themes are provided out-of-the-box. However, Envato Elements provides a good selection of templates15 decent themes provided out-of-the-box (are better than that in PowerPoint). However, several Google Slides Templates are available for unlimited downloads
14SharingMultiple sharing options available including through email attachment, link sharing, live broadcast (only for Office 365 users) etc.Equally easy to share. You can share Google Slides as an attachment (through Gmail), link sharing, embedding on the web, etc.
15CollaborationLimited online collaboration available if the file is stored in OneDriveKing of online collaboration! Works seamlessly and sets a gold standard for collaboration
16Auto-save FunctionAuto-recover feature is available to help recover unsaved data, but in most case, data loss (partial or complete) is observed. You will need to keep saving your file. There is no concept of data loss. Work is automatically and saved instantly in the cloud every few seconds. You don’t need to keep pressing Ctrl+S every time!
17Advanced FeaturesSeveral advanced features are available. This makes PowerPoint a perfect tool for a presentation design expert!Google Slides is designed with beginners in mind. Thus it barely provides any advanced features.

What is Common to Both PowerPoint and Google Slides?

While there are differences between the two applications (which we will learn more about below in the article), here is what is common to both PowerPoint and Google Slides –

  • Developed by Tech Giants – Both, PowerPoint and Google Slide, have been developed by technology giants namely Microsoft and Google. This means that both these presentation programs share a common goal to enable the user to create a well-defined and impressive presentation. Furthermore, both the applications will continue to invest in further development and adding features!
  • Mass Appeal – Both PowerPoint and Google Slides have a strong mass appeal and are often the go-to choice for a presentation design application.
  • Presentation Templates – Since both PowerPoint and Google Slides have a mass appeal, there are several pre-made themes are templates available for both PowerPoint and Google Slides! In fact, third-party players like Envato Elements allow you to download unlimited beautifully curated presentation templates!
  • Presenter View – The presenter view enables the user to present a PPT or Google Slides effectively. Both the presentation applications work in a similar manner. The user can project the presentation to the audience on a second screen while keeping the speaker notes visible only on the user’s screen.
  • Design Assistance – Both Google Slides and PowerPoint provide a feature that assists you with the design of your slides. PowerPoint provides the “Design Ideas feature” (for Office 365 users only) that automatically and instantly generates the design ideas for the slides. Google Slides provides the “Explore” feature that pretty much does the same thing.

There are perhaps many other similarities between the two applications if we start digging into each feature that the two applications provide. That will require a separate article altogether. However, I’m confident that the above high-level information should suffice.

How is Google Slides Different from PowerPoint?

If you are seriously considering either switching over from PowerPoint to Google Slides or perhaps just deciding which presentation application to choose for your next project, this section will be super helpful for you!

Here’s a list of key differences between PowerPoint and Google Slides –

  1. Google Slides is More Affordable – One of the key differences between the two applications is the cost itself! As mentioned before, Google Slides is completely free to use, whereas PowerPoint needs to be purchased and can be bought for as low as $6.99 per user per month!
  2. Google Slides is Easily Accessible – Google Slides is an online presentation program that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, and on any device. The two prerequisites are an internet connection and a Google account. Unless shared, PowerPoint can be accessed only on the computer on which it has been saved. Thus the user is required to carry the device along.
  3. Google Slides is the Best Tool for Collaboration – Teamwork is one of the key highlight features of Google Slides. Multiple users can easily collaborate on a presentation and make comments or edit it simultaneously while working on the presentation. The editing or chatting is instantly visible to all the users. In PowerPoint, collaboration is not seamless and is a bit more lengthy process.
  4. Google Slides is Very Compatibility – Google Slides is compatible with not only Google applications but also with PowerPoint. Charts from Google Sheets or videos from YouTube can be embedded in a Google Slides presentation with ease. A Google Slides presentation can easily be converted and opened with PowerPoint. Likewise, it can easily import a PowerPoint file.
  5. Google Slides Provides Instant Autosaving – Google Slides works with cloud-based technology. The presentation made with Slides is stored in Cloud and is automatically saved. There is no fear of losing data due to not saving frequently as is the case with PowerPoint.
  6. Revision History in Google Slides – A prominent feature of Google Slides is revision history. Every edit made in the presentation is saved with details such as the time of the editor the name of the user who made the edit. The user can refer to the previous versions of the presentation anytime and can restore them. In PowerPoint, revision history is not available.
  7. Google Slides can’t be Lost – Google Slides is stored in the cloud. Cloud storage is more secure and more effectively backed up than a local drive. Data stored in the cloud can only be lost when the user removes it from cloud storage. PowerPoint is stored on a hard drive and data may be lost forever due to various reasons such as corrupt drive, virus, or power failure.

Is Google Slides Compatible with PowerPoint?

A Google Slides presentation can be converted to PowerPoint file format and vice versa. A Google Slides file can be downloaded in PowerPoint format. Similarly, a PowerPoint presentation can be opened in Google Slides.

However, a factor that may limit the compatibility level of Google Slides with PowerPoint is the difference in the list of features offered by both the presentation programs.

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As compared to Google Slides, PowerPoint is more advanced and is loaded with a wide variety of features and transitions. For example, fancy transitions are not available in Google Slides. Thus, on converting a PowerPoint to Google Slides, the user may have to make certain adjustments.

Furthermore, if some animations that are not available on Google Slides have been used while creating the PowerPoint file, these animations can be lost as they are not available and supported.

Nonetheless, the entire process is not much time-consuming and provides the user with the flexibility to switch between Google Slides and PowerPoint easily.

To add, as per the recent updates, now a user can open, view, and edit PowerPoint in Google Slides without converting it to Google Slides supported formats. Earlier, a PowerPoint presentation opened in Google Slides in preview mode. To edit the files, PowerPoint was either converted to Office edit mode or downloaded.

With the recent advancements, PowerPoint files can open in edit mode by default. Another advantage extended by this update is that through collaboration a team can work on PowerPoint even if all the members do not have MS office installed. The exception to this development is password-protected files.

Which is Easier: Google Slides or PowerPoint?

Google Slides is easier to use than PowerPoint. Google Slides comes with a clean and simple user interface. It takes less time for a user to get conversed with Google Slides. Furthermore, since Google Slides only provides basic features, it is easy to remember and master as compared to PowerPoint!

The majority of us must have learned to make a presentation on PowerPoint in our school and college days. Microsoft Office forms an integral part of our education. As a result, almost everyone well converses with PowerPoint which makes working with PowerPoint familiar.

On the other side, though Google Slides is much younger than PowerPoint, it is relatively simple. The screen view and structure of Google Slides is similar to those of PowerPoint. Thus, a user who has worked with PowerPoint can seamlessly work with Google Slides.

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The popular version of PowerPoint is desktop-based whereas Google Slides is web-based. This makes Google Slides easily accessible.

Instant auto-saving makes it easy to work with Google Slides. It eliminates the need to remember and save frequently as is the case with PowerPoint.

A team cannot collaborate as conveniently on PowerPoint as it can on Google Slides. Google Slides provide for real-time collaboration and instantly update all the team members.

To summarize, at the forefront both the presentation programs are easy to use. However, PowerPoint consists of relatively complex interfaces and requires pre-defined software and hardware set up. Compared to this, Google Slides is easy to use and access.

Which is Better for Teachers and Students – Google Slides or PowerPoint?

PowerPoint is three decades old and is an integral part of the education system worldwide. At the school level, the subject of computer science includes a dedicated chapter on Microsoft Office. Thus, both teachers and students are familiar with PowerPoint.

Google Slides is better suited for teachers and students as a presentation design application. It is free and easy to use. It also allows to include YouTube videos making learning more convenient. Google Slides is also compatible with other e-learning platforms like Schoology, Nearpod, etc.

The advancements in technology have reformed the education sector to a great extent. Classes are equipped with Wi-Fi or projectors and tablets have become an element of school bag. Covid-19 has fuelled the process. This has increased the user base of Google Slides. A user who has worked with PowerPoint can quickly learn to work with Google Slides.

However, when a presentation is to be shared either by teachers or students, Google Slides is convenient. It makes it easy for students to view a presentation on their Chrome Books and for teachers to grade a presentation.

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Who is PowerPoint Most Suited for?

A PowerPoint presentation is a great option for those looking to create simple, visually appealing slides but also understand the nuances of graphic design. If you are an advanced user, then you will really understand and appreciate the advanced features that PowerPoint has to offer.

The power user will enjoy using PowerPoint because it offers more advanced editing tools. It also has a large library of templates and design features which is helpful for those who want to create presentations with complex animations or graphics.

If you are someone who perhaps enjoys creating a lot of presentations, or perhaps you are someone who provides presentation design as a service, then Microsoft PowerPoint is definitely one of the best options for you!

That said, if you have been using PowerPoint and you are well-versed with the interface, there is no need necessary to switch to Google Slides as you will most likely be able to all that Google Slides has to offer.

Moreover, if your team prefers to work on Google Slides and you are more comfortable with PowerPoint, then you can continue creating presentations using PowerPoint. Once you are done with the design, you can simply upload it to Google Slides!

But if you have little expertise in graphic design then PowerPoint may be too much work for you as there is less of a learning curve with Google Slides.

In my opinion, the best choice for beginners is Google Slides as it is completely free to use and learn. Once you’ve picked up the flair for design, you can then switch over to Microsoft PowerPoint!

Which is Better: PowerPoint or Google Slides? [Final Verdict]

If you look at a software from purely the purpose it is used for (in this case designing a presentation), then Microsoft PowerPoint is certainly a better presentation design software than Google Slides. PowerPoint provides loads of small features that provide the flexibility and streamline the process of designing.

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That said, if you are low on budget or perhaps are beginning your presentation design journey, then Google Slides is definitely the better option for you.

Each program has its list of advantages and disadvantages. Depending upon the purpose of your presentation and the amount of time and budget you are willing to dedicate, you will be able to decide the presentation software that is most suited for you!

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What is the best program to make a presentation? ›

Some of the best presentation software include Visme, Haiku Deck, Prezi, Microsoft Powerpoint, Canva and Google Slides. In this comparison guide, we'll analyze each of these tools and many more to understand what the difference is between them so you can choose the best presentation maker for your business.

Which is the best app for PPT presentation? ›

10 Best presentation apps to create amazing presentations
  • Polymer Search.
  • Visme.
  • Prezi.
  • Prezi free alternatives. Canva. Beautiful.ai. Powtoon.
  • Storydoc.
  • SlideModel.
  • Depositphotos.
  • Google Slides.
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What is the highest quality image format for PowerPoint? ›

What's the best image format? Stick with PNG or JPG images. If the PowerPoint presentation's file size isn't a big issue, use PNG. If you need to minimize file size (if the presentation will be emailed, for example), use JPG (and do a little testing to see how much compression you can use without harming your images).

What is the best practice for PowerPoint slide titles? ›

How to Write Slide Titles
  • Tip 1: Communicate the Main Point of The Slide You're Presenting.
  • Tip 2: Keep Your PowerPoint Slide Titles Short.
  • Tip 3: Format Your Titles in a Specific and Consistent Way.

What is the most popular presentation program today? ›

Best presentation software list of 2023- Top 10
  • Visme.
  • Google Slides.
  • Haiku Deck.
  • Flowvella.
  • Slides.
  • Prezi.
  • Pitch.
  • Canva.
Dec 8, 2022

Is Prezi better than PowerPoint? ›

The main difference between Prezi and PowerPoint is that Prezi is a cloud-based tool for creating non-linear presentations while PowerPoint is an offline tool for creating standard presentations. In this comparison guide, you'll learn what tool is best for your presentations in 2022.

Which company is best for PPT presentation? ›

Bright Carbon is a PowerPoint presentation design company that puts a big emphasis on the message you want to deliver. Their designers and communication specialists will work on your content to be as effective as possible and help you visually explain your ideas.

Is it better to use Google Slides or PowerPoint? ›

For a user who needs to create a presentation quickly and simply without loads of additional functionality such as for personal use or homework presentations, Google Slides is a good choice. However, for an advanced and more technical presentation, as is often needed in business settings, PowerPoint wins.

Which format is high quality? ›

Along with RAW, TIFF files are among the highest quality graphic formats available. If you're printing photos—especially at enormous sizes—use this format. You are making a high-quality scan. Using TIFF to scan your documents, photos and artwork will ensure that you have the best original file to work off of.

What image format has the best quality? ›

TIFF is the workhorse format for high-resolution printing, including art photography and other fine artwork. It's a lossless image file format that retains extremely high photographic quality for scanning and printing. However, TIFF file sizes are usually huge, making them difficult to share for general purposes.

What is the clearest image format? ›

Raw image formats are the highest quality but have unreasonably large file sizes of up to hundreds of megabytes. For web images, the WebP file format offers 25-35% smaller file sizes than JPEG for the same quality photos, meaning you can upload higher quality images for the same disk space and speed up your site.

What are two best practices for PowerPoint presentations? ›

Tips for Making Effective PowerPoint Presentations
  • Use the slide master feature to create a consistent and simple design template. ...
  • Simplify and limit the number of words on each screen. ...
  • Limit punctuation and avoid putting words in all-capital letters. ...
  • Use contrasting colors for text and background.
Aug 8, 2017

How do I make my slides look professional? ›

10 PowerPoint hacks to make your presentations look more...
  1. Write before you design. ...
  2. Start with a title slide that piques interest. ...
  3. Stick to simple designs. ...
  4. Emphasize one point per slide. ...
  5. Use text sparingly. ...
  6. Select images for impact. ...
  7. Practice your verbal presentation. ...
  8. Run it by a colleague.

Which is the most commonly used PowerPoint slide format? ›

Charts and graphs are indispensable to explain facts and convince an audience. Good charts and graphs visualize data so people can understand complex information more quickly. So slides with diagrams and descriptive text are the most popular PowerPoint layouts.

What is the best free software to make presentations? ›

Some of the best presentation software are Visme, Prezi, SlideDog, Haiku Deck, Slidebean, Powtoon and Zoho Show and others like Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote.

What is the best online presentation? ›

Best Presentation Websites Alternatives to PowerPoint
  • Slidebean. Slidebean is a presentation software that uses the online approach to operate design software and it is referred to as one of the most spontaneous presentation tools profitable today. ...
  • Prezi. ...
  • Google Slides. ...
  • Visme. ...
  • Beautiful.ai. ...
  • Keynote. ...
  • Moovly. ...
  • Mentimeter.
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Which Microsoft Office program is best for creating a presentation? ›

Microsoft PowerPoint is a good choice for creating presentations, especially for those who are already familiar with Microsoft Office. Those looking for more advanced design options, on the other hand, may want to look into other presentation software options.

Does anyone use PowerPoint anymore? ›

PowerPoint presentation allows you to present your idea in front of people. People still use PowerPoint presentations because, with the help of PowerPoint presentation, you are able to present your topic to many people at the same time. It makes an understanding of the topic easy.

What should I avoid in PowerPoint? ›

  • Common mistakes to avoid when making a. PowerPoint presentation.
  • Too much text.
  • It is easy to see why people make this mistake so often. They want to tell the full story and they end up putting too much text on the slide. ...
  • Bad color schemes.
  • Unreadable Text.
  • Too many elements.
  • Slide Transitions.

What is PowerPoint called now? ›

Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation program, created by Robert Gaskins and Dennis Austin at a software company named Forethought, Inc. It was released on April 20, 1987, initially for Macintosh computers only.
Microsoft PowerPoint.
Developer(s)Microsoft Corporation
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How much does Prezi cost per year? ›

Utilize a Prezi basic account for $5/ month, a plus version comes with a price of $10/ month or select premium for $19/ month, which bills annually.

What is comparable to Prezi? ›

Top 10 Alternatives to Prezi
  • Visme.
  • Camtasia.
  • Powtoon.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Canva.
  • Keynote.
  • Animaker.
  • Loom.

What is Prezi best used for? ›

Prezi Design is a template-based slideshow-style presentation builder. This lets you create a slideshow with rich media such as images, video, graphs, and more. Prezi Present is a bit like a combination of the above two, letting you create video-based presentations that combine slides, PowerPoints, videos, and more.

How much does Microsoft PPT cost? ›

Microsoft PowerPoint Pricing

Buy alone or as part of the Microsoft 365 Suite for $6.99 Application stand alone (one-time licence) - $109.99 Microsoft Office bundle (one-time licence) - from $139.99 30 days trial for free.

Is it legal to sell PowerPoint presentations? ›

You can sell your presentations, you do not need to pay MS any fees. But it's not true that all clip art pics are free. There may be restrictions on reselling them.

Can Google Slides do everything PowerPoint can? ›

Slides make it easy to create a presentation using their software and then export it as a PowerPoint file. It's essentially the Google equivalent of PowerPoint. You can also import a PowerPoint file and make changes to it using Slides.

What is the disadvantages of Google Slides? ›

The downside to Google Slides is that it relies on an internet connection. This means that if you are working on a train or from home and the internet goes down, you won't be able to continue editing. PowerPoint, however, allows for offline work, meaning that working from anywhere can continue smoothly.

Do consultants use PowerPoint or Google Slides? ›

But most often, the best slides tend to come from consultants. This makes sense if you think about it… a consulting firm's main deliverable is most often a PowerPoint deck, so it's in their best interest to make these decks as high quality as possible.

What is the highest quality resolution? ›

4K resolution (ultra HD)

What file format does not lose quality? ›

tiff) TIFF or Tagged Image File Format are lossless images files meaning that they do not need to compress or lose any image quality or information (although there are options for compression), allowing for very high-quality images but also larger file sizes.

What is the highest resolution image ever? ›

This is the largest and most detailed photo ever taken of a work of art. It is 717 gigapixels, or 717,000,000,000 pixels, in size. The distance between two pixels is 5 micrometres (0.005 millimetre), which means that one pixel is smaller than a human red blood cell.

What is the most used image format? ›

The JPEG (typically pronounced "jay-peg") image format is currently the most widely used lossy compression format for still images.

Which file format do professional photographers generally prefer? ›

5. TIFF. TIFF stands for Tagged Image File Format, and it is known as the most used file format by photographers and designers. Images stored as TIFF files are best for post-processing, because they are not compressed at all.

What is higher quality than JPEG? ›

PNG is a high-quality graphics format – generally higher in quality than JPEGs, which are compressed to save space. The PNG format uses lossless compression and is generally considered a replacement to the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF format).

How can I format an image without losing quality? ›

With Photoshop, you can resize an image without losing quality by using the "Image Size" dialog box. In the "Image Size" dialog box, you can change the width and height of the image. You can also change the resolution. The resolution is the number of pixels per inch.

What image format is best for PDF? ›

JPEG files are perhaps the most commonly used type of image file for both sharing online and within document files. They are popular because the degree of compression on the image can be adjusted, so the storage size and image quality can be played around with to get the best solution for the user.

What are the three popular image formats? ›

Raster Image Files

JPEG, GIF, and PNG are all raster image extensions. Every photo you find online or in print is a raster image.

Is Keynote better than PowerPoint? ›

The main thing every professional presentation service points out in Keynote vs PowerPoint debate is that Keynote is better in terms of design. It's an easy tool that allows you to create a beautiful presentation quickly and without having to adjust a dozen of small details.

Which Microsoft program would you use to create a presentation? ›

Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Presentation Software.


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