The truth about Google Slides
October 13, 2021

The truth about Google Slides

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Google Slides

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
  • 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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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.