A Quick Look at Google Slides

Google Slides is part of Google's office software called Google Docs. Not only is Slides part of the online application environment, it can also be used offline and in apps on Android and iOS. Slides joins its brothers: Docs and Sheets to complete the office package. What sets this apart from a lot of others is its price (free) and its excellent collaboration capabilities. Slides used to be called Presently before Google bought it and turned into Google Presentations (now called Google Slides or Slides for short).


While Slides started out with a very limited set of capabilities, it's now possible to add sound, video, animations, and transitions to your slides. And if you find yourself being mobile more often or just more comfortable in iOS or Android, you can download the Slides app for your preferred device. 

There are over a dozen themes to get your presentation started, although you can opt out of those and just start with blank sheets. Font selection isn't as large as top competitor PowerPoint but does include 16 familiar fonts (these are the so-called web-friendly fonts because they'll be on most any machine that gets online). That might cause a problem when you upload existing PowerPoint presentations, but the good news is that you can upload them and just keep working in Slides. Uploads are limited to 100 MB.

Thanks to Google's robust collaboration tools, lots of people can work on a single presentation simultaneously. If you are familiar with this feature of Google Docs, you'll know how this really is a better solution to emailing files back and forth.

The only way to know if Google Slides will be able to meet your needs is to give it a try, but for almost any presentation we could think of, it seemed to fit the bill quite well. It's no PowerPoint, but that's not a minus in our book.