When most people think of making digital presentations on a computer, they instantly think of PowerPoint. Microsoft’s software has stood the chạy thử of time, và remains the go-to for many people more than 30 years after it was first introduced.
PowerPoint has undergone plenty of changes in that time, but its main purpose remains the same – khổng lồ help people make great slideshow presentations.
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For many years, paying for Office outright was the only way khổng lồ access Excel. However, that all changed with the release of Office 365 (now Microsoft 365), which offered access to lớn all the apps and regular updates in exchange for a monthly fee.
But Microsoft continues to release new standalone versions of Office apps every few years. The latest of these is Office 2021, although this will soon also come under the ‘Microsoft 365’ umbrella. The bộ vi xử lý core functionality of these doesn’t change, though. The three không tính phí methods explained in this article are almost certain lớn stay.
Option 1 – web version
Accessing Microsoft PowerPoint and other bộ vi xử lý core Office programs is miễn phí via the web, and all you’ll need is a Microsoft account.
Head over lớn Office.com and click ‘Sign in’ lớn enter your details. If you don’t yet have an account, choose ‘Sign up for the free version of Office’ & follow the instructions.
Once that’s complete, you’ll be taken lớn your main office homepage. From the left pane, choose ‘Create’ then ‘Presentation’ to xuất hiện a new PowerPoint document.
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As you can see, there’s also the option to lớn create documents in Word & PowerPoint here, alongside Outlook & a không tính tiền version of Microsoft Teams. These are all ‘Web Apps’, meaning you can only use them via your browser and not a desktop app. When you work on a file here, it will be saved lớn OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service.
In fact, you probably have Google to thank for this software being available in web tiện ích form, as its miễn phí Docs, Sheets và Slides software and their integration with Google Drive made it difficult for Microsoft lớn keep asking users to pay.
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The website version of PowerPoint is a more stripped-back version of the software, so the comparison to lớn Google Slides is more reasonable than the full desktop program. Nonetheless, both services should provide everything a casual user is looking for.
Option 2 – Use on mobile
Perhaps again in response khổng lồ Google, Microsoft’s Office mobile applications are completely không lấy phí and available acrossmodern mobile devices.
You can tải về the Microsoft PowerPoint tiện ích for AndroidandiOS. While Microsoft understandably reserves some premium features for its Office 365 subscription, the di động apps are still very capable and offer integration with OneDrive.
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Option 3 – check if your school or workplace gets it free
Many employers offer Microsoft 365 apps khổng lồ their employees không tính phí of charge. Even if your work e-mail address ends with the name of the company, it may still be used khổng lồ sign into a Microsoft account. Of course, you may be working in an office job where Excel & the lượt thích are already the defaults.
If your school has signed up to Microsoft 365 Education, all staff and students should be able access Office apps for free. Lớn check, enter your education thư điện tử address on the Microsoft website.
But if your school isn’t yet signed up and you’re in a position to change that, compare plans and begin the sign-up process here.
Learn more in our separate article: do students get Office 365 for free?
Option 4 – Pay full price
However, these miễn phí options aren’t suitable for everyone. If you need more than just basic PowerPoint functions & the phầm mềm isn’t available to lớn you via school or work, the only alternative is lớn pay full price.
At the time of writing, the cheapest Microsoft 365 subscription is Personal, which $6.99/£5.99 per month or $69.99/£59.99 per year. Stepping up to lớn the Family plan gets 2-6 people access for $9.99/£7.99 per month or $99.99/£79.99 per year. Both offer a one-month không tính phí trial.
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Your other option is to pay for Office 2021, the latest standalone release. This is a one-off payment of $149.99 in the US or £119.99 in the UK. Unfortunately, there’s no way to lớn pay for PowerPoint on its own.