The Ultimate Battle: Powerpoint vs. Keynote

Learn the Pros and Cons of Microsoft’s biggest competitor.

PowerPoint: This software is synonymous with ‘presentations.’ and is part of Microsoft’s office suite. It is used widely by professionals all over the world.

Pros

  • PowerPoint’s best feature is its usability. It’s also been around for much longer than keynote, and hence is the more popular and usable option.
  • There are tons of effects that can be added into PowerPoint to make it look professional or formal or simple for different purposes.
  • Adding multimedia, clipart, images and illustrations is not a complicated process.
  • Moreover it is compatible and works on iOS Mac and Windows.
  • It can also be exported to YouTube easily.
  • Its bullet points and format are ideal for slides with a lot of text.

Cons

  • A PowerPoint presentation on the Mac iOS software appears to be of a lower quality.
  • Its designs are not functional, the themes and templates may look outdated.
  • The surplus of features can be overwhelming and may cause a distraction from your main topic

Keynote: Apple’s competitor software known for its design expertise and ease of use.

Pros

  • This software is easy to use for iOS users.
  • It is user friendly for beginners and experts alike
  • It has a more eye-catching design and also has better animations than PowerPoint.
  • Its templates are more modernized and sleek.
  • Its transition effects and animations are fantastic.
  • The slides integrate well with other apple products like the iPad and iPhone models.

Cons

  • It is not versatile or compatible with Windows or Microsoft. Even though the export of slides is an option, it may not be exported in the same format which can be frustrating
  • Switching from PowerPoint to keynote can also be a problem as familiarising yourself with the tools takes time.