The following is a brief overview of the more prominent new features of PowerPoint 2013. To get a more in depth explanation of what’s new, check out What’s New In PowerPoint 2013.
In a nutshell, Office 365 is a subscription based service that lets you use all of the Office applications in conjunction with the cloud. Web versions of Powerpoint , Word, Excel, etc allow you to store your presentations , documents and spreadsheets in “the cloud”. This is merely a jargon way of saying that Microsoft store your data on their servers. And, in fact, you can use the cloud with Office 2013, too, it’s just that the web based programs (Office 365) are more geared to using the cloud because, well, they’re web based.
In contrast to Office 365, Office 2013 requires a one off payment to install the Office applications on your computer. So, to recap the major differences:
A quick visit to the Microsoft website will show you that they are really pushing the subscription based service (Office 365). They probably see more revenue being earned via this model. Call me old fashioned, but I would rather pay the one off fee and have the software installed on my machine. It’s horses for courses, though, and different users will prefer different options.
To get you up and running with PowerPoint 2013 as quickly as possible, we’ve designed a tutorial that will take you through the creation of a sample PowerPoint presentation. Where a new feature is referred to there will be a link to a corresponding tutorial. This means that you can learn how to use PowerPoint by focusing on the areas you are not sure about.