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We all know that PowerPoint is a great invention. It has transformed presentations from yesterday’s dull, dreary and hard-to-follow deliveries to today’s media-rich events.

Its flexibility and customisable nature has allowed presenters to incorporate all sorts of things: colour, movement, sound, video, build-up graphs, animation and much more. All of this has enlivened presentations to the point where some at least can compare with entertainment.

But there’s one thing PowerPoint isn’t. It isn’t free. Or at least, it hasn’t been until now. Soon, though, that’s about to change.

Spurred no doubt by the gauntlet thrown down by Google Docs, Microsoft will be offering free Office applications on the web when it releases Office 2010 later this year.

This is definitely the way the world is going. According to Gartner, web-based office suites will increase by 34 per cent by 2013. So what does this mean for presenters?

Basically, anyone with a Windows Live account will be able to create, modify and share PowerPoint documents, completely free of charge. (They will be able to do the same with Word and Excel docs too.)

Inevitably, the free version won’t be quite as all-singing, all-dancing as the application that people pay for.

It will have fewer features, for one thing: a sort of PowerPoint “lite”. Just how much lighter remains to be seen.

Users will need to download the Office 2010 beta version to get the free application of PowerPoint, at least for the time being.

And there will be advertisements on the page: again, how intrusive these will be is not yet known.

All of these things are slight drawbacks, no doubt. But if the choice is between having a slightly reduced PowerPoint functionality with a few ads and no PowerPoint at all, there would seem to be no contest. If the free version encourages more people to enliven and enrich their presentations, that must be a good thing.

The old saying suggests that the best things in life are free. If so, PowerPoint’s status as one of those best things is about to be officially confirmed.

By David Vickery

 

Published On: 29th Mar 2010

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35 Comments
  1. thanks very mutch

    haytham 31 Mar at 12:27 pm
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    mne 7 Apr at 9:03 am
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    Gabriel 8 Apr at 10:09 pm
  4. realy need it.

    jessi 14 Apr at 7:23 pm
  5. GREAT PROGRAME

    SHARBAEL 26 Apr at 4:04 am
  6. it is not leting me

    jory 28 Apr at 9:09 pm
  7. I am trying to download the powerpiont on my computer but it won’t work. I’ve tryed a million sites. Any suggestions?

    Brianne 8 May at 11:42 am
  8. It won`t let me click the word “Download”

    Jordan 13 May at 11:53 pm
  9. i will use it in work

    mohamed 14 May at 12:02 am
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    lkiou98 18 May at 10:28 pm
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    ujjval 8 Aug at 4:07 am
  12. good softwere

    ujjval 8 Aug at 4:09 am
  13. thank you verymuch

    sara 12 Aug at 11:43 pm
  14. whats the differance betweenp powerpoint and powerpoint viewer

    katreena 25 Aug at 10:33 pm
  15. Thanks for providing the link.

    Rony 1 Sep at 4:03 am
  16. AGINIAZING

    STEPHNIE 17 Sep at 1:32 am
  17. perfect

    billy stone 10 Oct at 6:16 pm
  18. wierd it wont let me downland so its so rubbish

    Anonymous 13 Oct at 8:07 pm
  19. The download button at the top is not button, it’s a picture.

    computerfreak1497 14 Oct at 10:49 pm
  20. it does not let me press the download button.

    Anonymous 24 Oct at 2:41 pm
  21. very good!!! thank you!!

    vasoylita 15 Dec at 3:00 pm
  22. this is just the greatest , now i can presenations

    maurice 10 Jan at 6:51 am
  23. I cannot be downloaded

    HELL 8 Feb at 9:33 am
  24. cool but i cant get it!! 😛

    Anonymous 12 Feb at 4:17 pm
  25. wat its not downloading!!

    thisisnothing 14 Feb at 2:13 pm
  26. Hi, What do you seem to be having problems with. The main picture isn’t actually the link, you have to read through the article for the link.

    rboynton 16 Feb at 11:17 am
  27. hi i like ur website but why wont it let me have it for free and i typed FREE POWERPOINT and if its not free its lame

    kaza 18 Feb at 11:51 am
  28. Mga mango! latsi

    Anonymous 4 Mar at 7:48 am
  29. very nice but i can not download it so

    thank you 😀

    unknown 14 Mar at 7:21 pm
  30. Thanks but how do u download it exactly? 🙂

    Samantha 17 Mar at 4:50 am
  31. thanksssssss

    ahmed 22 Mar at 9:34 am
  32. how do u download this thing

    Anonymous 27 Mar at 5:17 pm
  33. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

    bibi 11 Apr at 12:42 pm
  34. COOL

    monna 6 Dec at 12:11 pm
  35. thank you for i have something to learn

    vilma manalo 15 May at 11:10 am
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