The best free presentation software and other alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint
More has been written about the art of the presentation than could ever be covered here, but one thing that usually accompanies your co-workers’ demos are PowerPoint slides. PowerPoint wasn’t always a Microsoft product — it was originally called Presenter and created for Macs. The name was changed for legal reasons in 1987, the same year Microsoft bought the company behind it and created its Graphics Business Unit. SEE ALSO: Illegal downloaders to receive email warnings, as Pirate Bay traffic doubles Microsoft’s version came out with Windows 3.0 in 1990, and the business world has never been the same. The software is such a behemoth, that as of 2012, it held 95 per cent of the presentation software market, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Still, many have a love-hate relationship with PowerPoint, in part because some believe presentation slides are a crutch for bad public speakers. Sadly, meetings with presentations (and the need for accompanying slides) remain a reality.