What solution is there to opening a presentation when you do not own any version of the original programme? The solution is simple and, even better than simplicity, free.
The Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer is a simple tool that will allow you to view any PowerPoint presentation without the necessity of buying either Microsoft Office or PowerPoint. Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer has been developed to allow users to open and view any presentation loaded into their computer either through email, USB, or from a CD-ROM.
With the aid of this useful software it is now possible for anyone to be aware of what presentations have been made at the office while that person was unable to attend. The Viewer software can be installed free of charge from the internet and provides access to the full range of PowerPoint file extensions including: .pps,. ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptx, .pptm, .potm, etcetera.
Once you have opened a file the software will automatically open others with Viewer as the default programme for all PowerPoint files. This feature can save a lot of tedious time wasting as it works as you open the file in question straight to Viewer. Another feature of Viewer is that allows you to view fully featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and later versions.
If you do not currently possess Microsoft Office or PowerPoint then there are few, if any, options available to you that will give you the ability to open a PowerPoint file. This is where the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer is invaluable. While it can only be used to view files that you have received, for editing you would need to buy the full PowerPoint suite, it does allow the user to open and print individual slides should you wish to have a hard copy to hand. Each slide opens in the full screen layout but the presentation is easy to navigate with the use of the mouse.
This is not designed to be a cheap and cheerful way of letting the user open and edit a PowerPoint presentation. If you want to have the option to edit such files then it is worth the expense of simply purchasing PowerPoint and having the full range of facilities to hand.
If all you need, however, is a simple and effective means of keeping up with work but without the additional cost of buying yet more software then the Viewer is the way forward. Simple and easy to use with the bonus of it being free to download.
Originally developed by two men who worked for a company called Forethought Inc. the first version of PowerPoint was named 'Presenter' although this was later changed to PowerPoint due to trademark issues. The first fully functioning version of PowerPoint was launched in 1990 on the same day that Microsoft released Windows 3.0. Since that time the software has been developed and revised so that instead of the very basic 'slides' that were available in early incarnations the latest generations are capable of containing animation, sound effects, and video clips.
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