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PowerPoint alternatives: the best presentation tools revealed

We scrutinise five compelling online alternatives to PowerPoint

We've rounded-up five of the most compelling online alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint, and held them up together to compare features and examine compatibility.

Which presentation maker should you choose?

All five of these Microsoft PowerPoint alternatives have pros and cons, but SlideRocket clearly steals the show. Zoho is a close second, but SlideRocket really seems to have every single detail covered. Its interface, compatibility, features, and collaboration tools are particularly stellar.

While Prezi is an extremely interesting contender, it didn't grab the top spot for this review mostly because it's still so different as to require a whole new way of thinking--and to make imports and exports impossible. However, that doesn't mean it won't gain ground in the future.

Google Docs remains a good, solid offering - particularly given its price - though it's certainly not as feature-rich as SlideRocket and Zoho. Finally, 280 Slides feels like an incomplete effort - which, in all fairness, it may well be, given that it's still in beta testing.

Which of these offerings is best for your work? That depends on many factors, including how heavy a user you are, the kinds of features you need, and how much collaboration you do. Most companies would be happy with Zoho, as it's part of a larger productivity suite. The higher-end SlideRocket is sure to please even the most demanding heavy user. If you're in the market for a new presentation package, you'd do well to check out both.

See also: 12 amazing productivity boosters

  1. Five compelling online alternatives
  2. Prezi
  3. SlideRocket
  4. Zoho Show
  5. 280 Slides
  6. Which presentation maker should you choose?
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