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Microsoft PowerPoint - best presentation software

About Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is a slideshow presentation app that lets you create, view, and share powerful presentations, complete with pictures, tables, charts, transitions, animations, and more. You can get a free PowerPoint download for Android or iOS; however, you can only view presentations -- you can't create or edit unless you pay for Office 365. On Windows and Mac, you have three options:

  • • Try PowerPoint for free for 30 days
  • • Use PowerPoint Online for free via your browser
  • • Subscribe to Office 365, starting at $6.99 per month

Free or low-cost PowerPoint alternatives

If you don't want to pay for PowerPoint and don't like the stripped-down Web version, try one of these three PowerPoint alternatives.

Microsoft Sway

Sway is Microsoft's stylish storytelling app, good for professional reports or personal stories. It's completely free -- you don't need an Office 365 account. Just compile your media and text, and Sway will format it for you on an interactive Web-based canvas that you can easily tweak. Share your presentations with a Web link -- your viewers don't need to download Sway.

Google Slides

Google Slides has all the features you need to create attractive presentations, without a lot of extras to sort through. You get premade templates, several themes, hundreds of fonts, embedded video, animations, and more. Work on Google Slides presentations on any device and collaborate with other Slides users in real time. You can import PowerPoint files and export from Slides to PowerPoint.


Apple's Keynote features 30 themes, pro graphics tools, interactive charts and chart animations, and breathtaking slide transitions. Keynote can help you open PowerPoint presentations or export your Keynote files to PowerPoint. With a one-time license fee of $9.99 to $19.99, it's a bargain compared to an Office 365 subscription.

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