Google Slides vs Microsoft PowerPoint – What Are the Differences?

  • Google Slides is free to use with limited storage. Paid plans start at $6 per user per month for additional storage and features[1].
  • PowerPoint requires purchasing Microsoft 365 license starting at $5 per user per month, or a one-time payment for standalone PowerPoint software[4].

Accessibility and Sharing

  • Google Slides runs fully in the cloud allowing easy real-time collaboration and access from any device with an internet connection[1][2]. Presentations can be easily shared via links.
  • PowerPoint desktop app works offline but requires syncing to collaborate. PowerPoint web app allows real-time co-editing[3]. Sharing presentations is more complicated than Google Slides.

Ease of Use

  • Google Slides has a simple, intuitive web interface making it easy for beginners to create presentations quickly[4][15]. Limited advanced design functionality.
  • PowerPoint has a steeper learning curve but provides more advanced design features for graphics, animations, transitions, etc. [3][11]


  • Google Slides offers simple built-in templates to quickly customize presentations[2]. Additional third-party templates available.
  • PowerPoint provides a wider variety of professionally designed templates to choose from[3].

Offline Access

  • Google Slides requires internet connection to create and edit presentations[4]. Offline editing available through Chrome app with limited functionality.
  • PowerPoint desktop app allows full offline access and editing capabilities on Windows and Mac[4].


  • Google Slides enables superior real-time co-editing and commenting for smoother team collaboration[1][2][4].
  • PowerPoint’s collaboration capabilities more limited, especially for simultaneous editing[4].

In summary, Google Slides wins in terms of cost, accessibility, sharing, and collaboration. PowerPoint excels at design capabilities and offline functionality. The choice depends on specific presentation needs and preferences.