4 – PowerPoint

Microsoft Office Online


PowerPoint, presentation software is part of the Microsoft Office suite.

Website Cost Availability
www.microsoft.com/powerpoint Commercial – Free trial available Download
Online (Office 365)
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
5 8 19 21 13 8 5

Comments from those who selected PowerPoint as one of their Top Tools

“Microsoft PowerPoint which was used extensively to create slides we then converted to Flash for several course slides.” Linda Willis, 2014
“for wire framing, presentations and more” Cammie Bean, 2014

“still best way to organize and prototype ideas” Danny Ortegon, 2014

“Nothing really does the same work for me as a multimedia presentation tool. I do a lot of my original thinking while creating PowerPoint slides and of course it’s an important part of my presentation routine” Stephen Downes, 2014

“for versatility and ubiquity” Sergey Snegirev, 2014
“superb tool – if used dynamically” John Wishart, 2014
“it is the greatest software to make practically anything very interesting, especially if you are a good user of it” Olga Vareli, 2014

“I really don’t make presentations with it anymore, but I use it constantly for quick image collection and manipulation” 2014
“Great storyboarding tool, and clip art can be very impactful if used correctly. Just no bean people. Please.” Tricia Ransom, 2014

“easy to use and make simple interactions” 2013
“still one of easiest ways to structure learning content” Danny Ortegon, 2013
“would like to move away from it, but still my go to presentation software”  Debra Lee, 2013
“Basic software for educational quizzes and learning material” 2013
“does everything you need to create low-cost engaging elearning” Regina Ward, 2013
“used in class for larger groups of students and when presenting at conferences”  Jayne Whistance, 2013
“my workhorse tool” Jane Hart, 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“most used, most abused, most versatile (even though most don’t know how to use it well). Besides Keynote, Powerpoint is the tool”  Corinne Burkhert

“in it purest multimedia form of image, smooth transitions, words to nudge a thought or fire a synapse. Haven’t the bullet-point-readers have given it a bad image? It’s a super fast way to compose a picture for other places – make slide and save as jpeg” Mags Amond

“Slide shows for presentations are still very popular learning resources both among teachers and students. Power Point is very comprehensive although it is easy to use. I do not know better tool for making slide shows”. Vaclav Friedrich

“Very easy to use but with enough features to allow the creation of more elaborate learning resources”  Karl Goddard

“that’s my everyday tool and I am still waiting for something better” Jochen Robes

“I continue to use PowerPoint to add a visual touch to my online classes, but the real power lies in coupling PowerPoint with other tools such as SlideShare or Camtasia, adding narrative to the slide deck.”  Britt Wattwood