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Google Slides updated bringing Chromecast support and more

The latest update to Google Slides adds Chromecast support, as well as a few other changes.

Published onJune 11, 2015

Google Slides is Google’s free alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint, and while it was already a compelling option, it has become even better with a new update, which brings support for Chromecast. With this new update you will be able to show off your presentation on the big screen by casting it to any display with an HDMI port. Also new in the update is the ability to add images to your presentation from your phone or tablet, and the ability to insert tables. With this update Google Slides became a lot more powerful.

If you have been considering making the switch from PowerPoint to Slides, now is a great time to do so. Two of the biggest complaints about Google Slides was the inability to add images and tables from mobile devices, something that mystified me for a long time. This update brings those features to the mobile app.

Microsoft’s mobile version of PowerPoint gives them a major advantage because the full power of the desktop program can now be taken anywhere. It also contains a lot of features that Slides doesn’t have, such as the familiar ribbon and many of the detailed animations and formatting options. But if these things don’t matter to you, then Slides might be a better option. Some higher education teachers even pride Slides on its simplicity, saying that less options creates simpler, more professional presentations.

In the end it’s a matter of preference. Both Slides and PowerPoint are available on nearly every platform and both will ultimately give you stunning presentations if used to their full potentials. Let us know in the comments which you prefer: Slides or PowerPoint?

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