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PowerPoint

What Is It?

"Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 gives you more ways to create and share dynamic presentations with your audience than ever before. Exciting new audio and visual capabilities help you tell a crisp, cinematic story that's as easy to create as it is powerful to watch."

—Microsoft's PowerPoint Website

Developer

  • Microsoft Corporation

Open Source

No

Supported Platforms

  • Microsoft Windows XP or newer
  • Mac OS 10.4.9 or newer

Requirements

  • 500 MHz or faster processor
  • 256 MB RAM; 512 MB recommended for graphics features and certain advanced functionality
  • 1.5 GB available disk space
  • 1024x576 or higher resolution monitor
  • Graphics hardware acceleration requires a DirectX 9.0c graphics card with 64 MB or more video memory.

Cost

  • $149 for PowerPoint 2010 (Windows)
  • $229 for PowerPoint 2008 (Mac); $119 for the Upgrade
  • Also included with Office suites (price varies)

Features

  • Express your ideas more visually
  • Deliver compelling presentations
  • Easy-to-use tools
Pros Cons
  • Compatible with Google Docs
  • Very popular and widely used
  • Saves all resources (e.g., slides and images) as a single file