PowerPoint Online vs SlideShare

Last updated: August 12, 2020

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PowerPoint Online
Microsoft PowerPoint Online extends your Microsoft PowerPoint experience to the web browser, where you can work with presentations directly on the website where the presentation is stored. PowerPoint Web App is available for personal use in OneDrive, for organizations that have installed and configured Office Online on their SharePoint site, and for professionals and businesses that subscribe to select Office 365 services.
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SlideShare
SlideShare is an online slide hosting service. Users can upload files in the following file formats: PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenOffice presentations. Slide decks can then be viewed on the site itself and embedded on other sites.
PowerPoint Online vs SlideShare in our news:

2020. Scribd acquires presentation-sharing service SlideShare from LinkedIn



SlideShare has a new owner, with LinkedIn selling the presentation-sharing service to Scribd for an undisclosed price. The two products always had kind of similar missions. Only SlideShare focused on more on PowerPoint presentations and business users, while Scribd focused more on PDFs and Word docs and long-form written content, more on the general consumer. SlideShare will continue to operate as a standalone service, separate from Scribd, and will continue to be well-integrated with LinkedIn. LinkedIn acquired SlideShare in May 2012 at a time when it was becoming clear that professionals were using LinkedIn for more than making professional connections.


2018. Skype and PowerPoint got real-time subtitles


PowerPoint and Skype are getting real-time captions and subtitles in 2019. The new feature allows those who are deaf or hard of hearing to read the words that are spoken during presentations in PowerPoint or video calls in Skype.  The subtitles also allow speakers to include a translation of a presentation. Live captions and subtitles will support 12 spoken languages and display on-screen in more than 60 different languages. Presenters will be able to customize the appearance of subtitles to match a presentation, and the speech recognition should adapt for more accurate terminology based on context. In Skype subtitles will be available in one-to-one video-calls. Once turned on, they will auto-scroll during the call, but Microsoft says it’s working to offer other viewing options in the future. Specifically, Skype will soon allow you to scroll through the captions in a side window.


2014. SlideShare gets iOS app



LinkedIn rolled out the first-ever iOS app for SlideShare, the presentation and content-sharing platform. It's offering a modern, clean layout to browse and search through the presentations hosted on SlideShare’s service. It also adds more social experience, allowing you to like and share the presentations you come across, and follow the categories you care about. Users have their own profiles on the app, where you’re able to see all the presentations you’ve liked, uploaded and saved. And you can view presentations from your friends and professional network, tying LinkedIn’s social graph into SlideShare more directly, so you can see what’s popular within your own group.


2014. SlideShare makes Pro features Free



LinkedIn-owned SlideShare, the service for publishing presentations online is going free. It's dropping its PRO accounts and making extra features, which used to come at a price, free for all. The most popular paid feature is analytics. It lets you know who has looked at your presentations (including location), how they found the content, which sites are driving traffic to the presentation, and other engagement metrics — much like the profile viewing analytics on LinkedIn’s main site. Another paid features include the ability customise your profile, to set presentations to private so that only specified users can view them, as well as video uploads. Thus LinkedIn wants to increase the number of active visitors and uploads to the site and to collect more data for itself about how business people are using its cloud-based services.


2012. LinkedIn acquired Youtube for presentations - SlideShare



LinkedIn, the professional social network #1, is doing fine. During two last quarters LinkedIn manages to double its incomes - already up to $188 million/quarter. And the company is already valued at $10 billion. That's why LinkedIn can afford to buy the new users in bulk - for example, by purchasing online service SlideShare for $119 million. SlideShare works like Youtube - only not for video - but for presentations. And its target audience - are mostly business users (like in LinkedIn). You can upload to SlideShare your PowerPoint presentation and publish it anywhere in the embeddable web-viewer (like yuotube video). Besides SlideShare - is itself an additional marketing channel with a large audience, so by publishing a presentation on it, you can get new customers and partners. Will LinkedIn somehow integrate SlideShare into its network - is not clear yet, but at least they have already embedded LinkedIn presentation on the SlideShare homepage.


2011. Online presentations go HTML5: SlideShare and Zoho Show


It seems that the days of Flash as a platform for the Rich web interfaces are really coming to an end. Online presentation services, for which the Rich-interface is most important, are ditching Flash in favour of HTML5. Last year, the market leader, SlideRocket released the HTML5-viewer and today the most popular presentation sharing service SlideShare has done the same. Moreover, SlideShare not just added the HTML5-view option but completely removed the Flash-option. Developers say the new HTML5-viewer is 30% faster and displays presentation on tablets (like iPad) and smartphones. In addition, you can now select and copy text from a presentation with the help of the mouse.


2008. SlideShare = YouTube for presentations



Here's a simple formula for a successful startup: find a popular service (e.g. YouTube), remember what you can do best of all (i.e. presentations), put "for" between these two words and probably you'll get an interesting idea. That's what the creators of SlideShare did. And they have already raized $3 million on their idea. So, what is YouTube killer feature? A first glance it's - huge video catalog. But that's only at first glance. In fact, Youtube became so popular, because it allows you to: