PowerPoint – is it a must.

My spin:Just about any presentation package will do fine for most basic presentations. However, as with Word, Excel and other things Microsoft the business world is quite Microsoft Centric. If you are working with others – it’s best to have Microsoft’s suite of products somewhere to ensure perfect compatibility.
News Clip: New York Times: Speakers hoping to dazzle an audience with a professional-looking presentation have long relied on PowerPoint by Microsoft. Now the makers of a new alternative program, Live Presentations, are trying to carve out their own territory with a smaller price tag.
The software, from Data Becker, offers tools similar to those in PowerPoint to create lecture materials, sales presentations, business proposals and Internet-based presentations.
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