PowerPoint Online vs Zoho Show

Last updated: December 12, 2018

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.
Zoho Show
The online tool for making powerful presentations.Whether you are a professional, a teacher, a student, a businessman, a salesman or anyone looking to put together a cool presentation, you have come to the right place. Zoho Show's pre-built themes, clipart and shapes coupled with features like drag-and-drop makes it an easy application to use.
PowerPoint Online vs Zoho Show in our news:

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.

2018. Zoho Show adds contextual interface and broadcasts

Zoho unveiled all new Zoho Show with contextual interface. It lets your ideas take the front seat and offers an intuitive formatting pane that responds to user actions. No more digging around to find the right tool. Users need a great set of tools to visualize ideas that match their imagination. That is why Show brings you custom text boxes, silhouettes, image filters, pre-defined layouts for charts and tables, more than a dozen animation options for every element within a slide, and more. With Show’s robust commenting system, teams can collaborate, brainstorm, and provide suggestions for improving any element on a slide. You can also add rich text comments to highlight key points, or attach an image when you are out of words. Finally, it allows to broadcast slides to a remote audience or use the Presenter View for a face-to-face session and deliver slides from anywhere.

2015. Zoho Show viewer is available for Android and iOS Devices

Zoho introduced mobile slideshow viewer for its presentation app Zoho Show for Android and iOS devices. As a Zoho Show user, you can now carry your presentation on any device you choose – be it smartphones, tablets or laptops. The Sideshow Viewer lets you use a slide pen to mark or highlight content on any relevant slide. The highlighted content is reflected in real time on the screen displayed to the audience. This makes life easy for presenters who often struggle with pocket lasers to point out key takeaways. Additionally, you can also blacken slides to get your audience to focus on your narrative  while presenting. With the slide blackened, the audience’s attention is completely on the presenter and your talk rather than on the content or visuals displayed on the slide. This feature works best when you wish to refocus the audience attention on you or address audience questions.

2015. Zoho Show allows to integrate Twitter feeds to online presentations

Integrating Twitter into online presentations tool Zoho Show is an innovative feature designed to bridge the divide between audience and presenter. You can now insert and broadcast Tweets right into your slides to improve audience engagement and participation. Your audience can be anywhere across the globe, but still at the heart of your discussion. Twitter feeds also makes your presentation feel open, dynamic, and interactive. But dynamism needs control and moderation. Tweets can be positive or negative, respectful or insulting, and relevant to your point, or not. So Zoho Show gives presenter the flexibility to moderate and filter them.

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.

2006. Zoho Show launches - free online Powerpoint alternative

Zoho just launched yet another new web office tool - Zoho Show, a web-based version of Powerpoint. The AJAX-powered app lets you import Powerpoint (.ppt) and OpenOffice (.sxi) presentations, make shows that are public or private and pull in images from your Flickr account. Alas, it seems to lack an export function right now. Wisely, Zoho allow you to test the service without signing up - they also provide unlimited storage for your presentations. All in all, it’s a fairly average offering - it seems painfully slow, but all the basic features are there. Zoho is throwing out web applications at a furious pace - the company’s free offerings include Zoho Writer (online version of word), Zoho Planner (planning tools), Zoho Sheet (spreadsheets), Zoho Creator (build web apps) and Zoho Chat (web-based chat, similar to Campfire).