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Why Google Slides

Sitting through a boring PowerPoint demonstration can be painful but putting the slideshow together, to begin with, can be even worse. If you are not familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint, it has been the go-to slideshow application for decades and is typically used in a Legacy Windows environment with the application physically installed on a user(s) computer.

As with all Microsoft applications, it was designed to accommodate every possible scenario and is therefore bloated with features which make it very difficult to use without a lot of practice or training. But, perhaps the worst part about using PowerPoint is the ripple effect that it causes during the preparation of a slideshow by a team of people:

  • Someone on the team is responsible for building the PowerPoint File.
  • Contributors must take turns working on it via a server or email it back and forth.
  • Because they can not all see it at the same time, waves of emails go back and forth between the team members and often, multiple meetings are scheduled to go over it.

Now, if you have been in the workforce for any length of time, you might acknowledge that the process described may indeed be time-consuming, but not understand what the point is since that process is what anybody who wants to put a slideshow together has to go through.

Or is it….

The fact is, over 5 million business and 70 million students around the world who use G Suite would actually have a hard time comprehending the convoluted process that Windows users continue to put up with when Google Slides is available at a fraction of the cost and eliminates most of the major pain points of the slideshow creation process.

What is Google Slides? Google Slides is Google’s version of PowerPoint and comes with the G Suite productivity suite of applications which includes enterprise-ready applications such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Calendar. Google Slides works very similar to PowerPoint and, in fact, is backward and forward compatible with PowerPoint meaning you can download a Google Slide file as a PowerPoint file and you can open a PowerPoint file as a Google Slide.

But Google Slides is quite different than PowerPoint in that it was designed for collaborating from any device whereas PowerPoint was not designed for Collaboration and only works on a selective operating systems (ie – Windows/Mac). With Google Sheets, you can work when you want and where you want and don’t have to worry about installing a particular application on all of your devices.

Google Slides also auto-saves as you type and saves your version history automatically while PowerPoint must be periodically saved and has little to no team version controls. So, you never have to worry about taking a file with you on a thumb drive, making sure you are working with the most current version or fret over a losing a corrupted file.

Google Slides was also designed for team collaboration, allowing multiple people to all work on the file at the same time which speeds up project completion times and minimizes wasted time digging through email inboxes or attending unproductive meetings. Plus, team members both inside and outside an organization can be given permissions to view, comment, suggest or edit a document from any device and without having PowerPoint or any other application installed, taking collaboration to an entirely new level.

So, if you do a lot of slideshow presentations, consider Google Slides as your new go-to slide deck app!