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What is Google Slides?

Google Slides is a presentation tool that enables users to create, edit, collaborate, and present. It is free for personal use, and available to businesses via a Google Workspaces subscription.

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What is Google Slides?

Google Slides is a presentation tool that enables users to create, edit, collaborate, and present. It is free for personal use, and available to businesses via a Google Workspaces subscription.

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Anastasia Globa | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
Google Slides are mainly used as a means to support the online delivery of lectures and tutorials at the School of Architecture Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. I use them to accompany live (synchronous) delivery of units for Master and Bachelor levels (Architecture). While the lecture is happening in Zoom, I share the link to my Google Slides so that students can stay on certain slides longer or skip ahead if they wish. Google Slides also allow me to add interactive links if I need students to access online polling or Miro activities. The slides can be shared beforehand, and students will have access to them after the lecture is finished, which is very handy.
  • Easy to create and manage (lecturer side).
  • Intuitive and easy to use (students side).
  • Various sharing options, well integrated in most web browsers.
  • More options for slide animations and transitions.
  • Keep developing real time collaboration options.
  • You need a Google account to use Google Slides, some of our international students from China might find it complicated (due to current restrictions).
  • Limited themes and visual appearance.
  • Not all types of export file formats are available, which is limiting.
Synchronous or asynchronous educational activities in the context of higher education.

Great way to support your live lectures by providing Google Slides to students so that they could follow at their own pace if need be.

I also used Google slides as a student for my Graduate Certificate in Higher Education studies and it worked perfectly for our 3-hour long zoom lectures.
  • Free
  • Easy to use/intuitive.
  • Very easy to share.
  • Better levels of engagement.
  • Improved collaboration.
  • Improved student satisfaction.
Google Slides works both online and offline, they are free to use if you have a Google account. Easy to share and are supported by most web browsers. A great addition to your arsenal of interactive educational online platforms.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use it across the entire organization, at least amongst any business or engineering-related decisions and plans. It solves similar problems solved with any presentation-based software: communicating ideas and concepts visually, to support business decisions. Google Slides is particularly better with collaboration vs. former best in class Microsoft Powerpoint.
  • Collaboration
  • Presentations
  • Auto-save
  • Comments
  • History tracking
  • Sometimes bugs in changing fonts or other formatting
  • Edit tracking, while good, could still be improved
  • Better basic flow-charting
  • Better UI navigation, specifically around zooming instead of 'enlarging everything in browser'
The best scenarios are unsurprisingly for presentations: slide decks for communicating concepts, ideas, summaries, etc. It is more of a communication tool than anything. Unfortunately, some assume it is also a good tool for workflow or flowchart diagramming and such, which it is not well suited for. It's good for 'one idea per slide', not an overall map. It's good for collaboration.
  • Collaboration
  • Clean presentation
  • Auto-save
  • Packaged with G Suite software
  • Comments
  • Theoretically, more efficient meetings
  • More easily communicate concepts
  • More easily collaborate on presntation/strategy
It has probably around 90% of the common features that are present in PowerPoint but is more appropriate for today's workflows of being online. Conveniently included with GSuite packages often makes it more of a default option over PowerPoint in modern times. I have not listed other flow-chart or diagramming software as, while people use it for these purposes, it cannot compete at all with that type of dedicated software.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use it for benefit presentations and benefit guides. It has so drastically simplified our processes and it makes our presentations look so slick. Our clients are impressed. We don’t have to double check two items now. We used to spend three times as much time working up both a guide and presentation but now it’s all in one and looks better too! It also has some nice features that have been helpful during the pandemic, i.e. voiceovers.
  • User friendly
  • Easy design work
  • Converting to pdf
  • Voiceovers
  • More importable slide decks
  • Easier and professional looking Conversion to video
  • Animations
It’s great in general. I haven’t seen it be a problem in most cases but some clients like the traditional programs more and the conversion to PowerPoint looks bad… they could definitely improve that and fix some of the formatting with that conversion. The conversion to pdf is great though.
  • Ease of use
  • Design ease
  • Templates
  • Simplified processes
  • Made presentations more accurate because of templates
  • Free within Google suite
Skids is so much easier to use than PowerPoint and the design is much, much simpler. You can be more creative with Slides because it is flexible enough to use unlike PowerPoint. The downside is there is a learning curve because it isn’t the same old crappy software everyone else uses.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Google Slides across the entire organization. It is useful for cross-department and inter-team collaboration due to its easily accessible and decentralized nature. We moved from SharePoint to Google Slides because of how difficult and inconvenient it was to complete collaborative work, which disrupted productivity. Now we use Google slides for sales, bd, product, board meetings and everything in between.
  • Allows for multiple collaboration at the same time effortlessly
  • Very easy to understand and use, so does not require any / much training for new users
  • Can easily create templates for more uniform designs and presentations across teams
  • The graphing features are some of the worst features I've experienced in a presentation software
  • Understandably due to competition, but one of the most frustrating pieces is that Google Slides does not convert Microsoft PPT slides very well, ironically impeding conversion success from Microsoft to Google
  • The diagram features are a bit limited
It is well suited in situations where you need to make sharp, concise strategic or business presentations in a formal setting. It is useful because you can spend a lot of time to make something fancy or you can spend little time and still make something professional. It's best used when high collaboration is required to complete an important task. It is less suited for product or design brainstorming because of the limited space on slides.
  • How easy it is to have multiple people editing at the same time
  • How simple and intuitive it is to make a presentation
  • That it can be simply and easily shared with others no matter how large the file is
  • We're switching from microsoft to google and it has had a decently positive ROI due to reduced friction of figuring out and managing sharepoint
  • The negative impact is that it does not do everything we need for product and design so we do have to supplement it with more specific software
  • Another positive is that it has reduced the friction in easily creating and sharing PPTs during client-facing meetings making it easier for our bd, sales and product teams to make a positive impact on potential + current clients
On a standalone basis, where no collaboration is needed, Microsoft Powerpoint is a superior tool because the functionalities are easier to use and much more robust. But if collaboration is needed, Google Slides is optimal for business, sales and strategy collaboration. It is less suited for engineering, design or product brainstorming or collaboration sessions as it is limited by space.
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