Are you trying to figure out which presentation program to go with?
Between Google Slides vs PowerPoint or Apple Keynote, it can be hard deciphering the differences between each one — especially if you’re short on time.
Fortunately, you don’t have to.
We’ll be doing the hard work for you by comparing the similarities and highlighting the differences between these common presentation platforms.
You’ll have everything you need to narrow down which option is best for your needs. So you can spend more time creating an awesome presentation!
So let’s start by identifying what history and experience each company (Microsoft, Apple, and Google) brings to table in terms of presentation programs.
Google Slides vs PowerPoint vs Keynote background information
If you were going to hire someone new to your company, you’d check out their work history and experience.
So before we get into the specifics of each presentation software, you should know a little bit more about the companies behind these products.
Let’s start with the oldest, and probably the most experienced, of the three.
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Microsoft has been around since 1975 and has remained one of the top leaders in software and technology.
In 1989, they released one of their first versions of Microsoft Office, a suite of applications designed to improve productivity. This makes it the oldest company in the presentation software space, compared to Apple Keynote and Google Slides.
Since its earliest version, Microsoft PowerPoint has continued to grow and evolve with our ever-changing technology, as you’ll see in this guide.
Not too far behind you’ll find the next player to enter this space: Apple with Keynote.
Apple’s founders, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, created their company in 1976, just one year after Microsoft.
Their initial focus was on making computers accessible and small enough so everyone could have one in their home or office. This decision changed computers forever.
Yet it wasn’t until 2003 that Apple caught on to the presentation application bandwagon with its Keynote program.
That’s 14 years later than Microsoft debuted PowerPoint — big difference!
Even still, Apple has more time in the presentation realm than Google Slides has under its belt.
Google’s story starts much later than Microsoft’s and Apple’s.
Back in 1995, Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin brainstormed the idea Backrub, a place where the world’s information could be organized and easily accessed.
This eventually turned into Google, the search engine powerhouse we know today.
But Google didn’t stop there and has since expanded beyond its original reach.
In creating its own version of Microsoft’s Office Suite, including Google Docs and Google Sheets, Google Slides was born.
Now that you know each company’s brief history, this leads us to our first tally mark.