Hey Andy! Hope to find you in good health during these trying times. PowerPoint has been the worldwide leading presentation software for over 3 years now. Compared to PowerPoint Google Slides was introduced only a few years ago but have been steadily gaining speed until then. Today both software programs are widely used and almost equally popular among users across the globe (for reference check out the graph below). However many people are facing the battle Google Slides vs PowerPoint or to put it in other words which software is better for your personal needs. Affordability Google Slides is a part of Google Docs and ispletely free to use. PowerPoint is a part of Microsoft Office package. Therefore in order to use it you need to have a license for Microsoft Office. The packages start from $7 annually charged with OneDrive storage included or $15 one-time charge without OneDrive support. Accessibility Google Slides doesn require any software installation in order to run. Since it is a cloud-based software all you need to start preparing your presentation is a Google account and the internet. This makes Google Slides and your templates accessible from any device connected to the internet. Google Slides alsoes with support for Chromecast Hangouts and AirPlay. PowerPoint on the other hand requires the Microsoft Office software to be installed on your PC in order to run. Your presentations are saved on your hard disc which means they are accessible in your personalputer. If you need to access your presentations online you need to have access to Microsoft cloud storage OneDrive and save your templates there. PowerPoint also offers a free online version of the software named PowerPoint Online. However it lacks many of the advancements included in the desktop-based original product. Online performance Google Slides was created with an online performance in mind. The cloud-based software works flawlessly when the internet connection is strong. Since it runs in your browser it is possible to experience glitches or slow loading sometimes. The online version of PowerPoint 3 PowerPoint Onlinees with fewer features than Google Slides and even lesser than the advanced desktop version. If you like to learn which features lack in PowerPoint Onlinepared to the desktop PowerPoint you can see them described in Microsoft Office support. Offline performance Google Slides supports an offline mode. All you have to do is turn on this option while you are online. Here are the instructions of how to do so provided by Google Drive support. PowerPoint was designed to work on a PC. Once downloaded and installed it doesn require an internet connection to behave properly. The desktop softwarees with a big diversity of features cool animations and effects which run really smoothly and allow the creation of advanced presentations. Backups and Storage Google Slides saves all data on Goole Drive storage which is cloud based. This means 3 no need to hit Save every 5-1 mins. All changes are automatically saved to the cloud as you create them. Google Slides also provides a history review. You can go check out previous versions of your presentation and restore them at any time if needed. PowerPoint doesn offer an automatic savings unless you have the latest version of the software PowerPoint 216 and you are an Office 365 subscriber. Then the programes with an AutoSave option which if checked saves a copy of your document every few seconds on OneDrive. The software has an AutoRecover option as well available even if youre not an Office 365 subscriber. This feature recovers your presentation if case of unexpected crashes. Teamwork Google Slides allows seamless collaboration between you and your team members. You can chatment and make edits while you create your presentation simultaneously. All changes are viewed instantly by the rest of the team. Also you can easily restore older versions of the presentation. Collaboration is not always possible with PowerPoint. In order to collaborate on a PowerPoint presentation you and your team members need to work with PowerPoint 21 or later then save your template on OneDrive and share the presentation with your fellow-collaborators. Another option is to use PowerPoint Online. Special Effects Google Slides offers basic animations and transitions which are quite fewer inparison with its rival PowerPoint. If you are more of a creative person this might feel a bit restricted to open up your whole potential. PowerPoint in contrast is an advanced software with many more features and special effects (reflections 3D fancy transitions) which are only available in the desktop-based version. PowerPoint Online is a quite more basic productpared to its desktop-based analog. Pre-made Templates Google Slideses with a gallery of pre-made basic templates which you can edit and change according to your preferences. Moreover the web is full of ready-made templates you can use as a base for your presentation both free and premium. PowerPoint also includes a gallery of ready-to-use templates for various purposes. When ites to template diversity PowerPoint certainly takes the lead with the thousands of custom templates and graphic elements on the web created especially for PowerPoint. Embedding Google allows you to video from YouTube or your GoogleDrive but not audio files. The good thing about ding videos in Google Slides is that it very easy and since it all happening in the cloud you don have to worry about having the right codecs installed. Regarding pictures 3 you can upload pictures from your PC Drive URL Camera or search for pictures right from the presentation. You can freely video and audio files in PowerPoint. Here are some rmendations for file formats which run best in PowerPoint. When ites to pictures you can add any kind of graphics animations and even draw your own. Here are all visual content opportunities in PowerPoint. You can also insert a YouTube video by using the option Online video. Fonts Google Slides supports all Google Fonts so you have a great variety of fonts available without needing to install anything. Plus they will display properly every time you present. PowerPoint uses locally installed fonts. This means you better avoid using additionally installed fancy fonts on yourputer if you plan to use a differentputer for presenting later. In such scenario your fonts won display properly. Linking Google slides lets you s in a block that pops up on the right without having to leave your presentation. Generally you can browse anything without switching tabs. Simply use the Explore option. PowerPoint lets you browse file format. To conclude Both software programs offer unique advantages over the other. Google Slides is certainly user-friendly multifunctional and allows a super easy collaboration with your team members. PowerPoint on the other hand is an advanced product with many years of development behind its back and it naturally offers more functions for the end user but it limited when ites to co-working. At the end of the day you have to choose your personal winner based on your own priorities and demands for a presentation software. Hope this answers your question! Best Regards Samreena Qaiser. Follow me for more info!