So, you need to create a presentation within Microsoft PowerPoint. Which version should you use? Many presenters currently use PowerPoint 2013, 2007 and even 2003. However, the majority of presenters globally create their presentation using PowerPoint 2010. Within a business, you may use all variations of PowerPoint. Ultimately, the same presentation via a slightly different information delivery tool. If an organisation is using different versions of PowerPoint simultaneously to present the same/similar information is this an issue? This depends.

As a rule, we would always recommend using the same version of PowerPoint within the same business, certainly within the same team. Even the smallest differences can cause the strangest of problems to your presentation. However, a presentation developed in PowerPoint 2007  and later versions of PowerPoint should not be a problem. PowerPoint 2013 has certain features that will not work in versions 2007 & 2010. The bottom line is the newer the version of PowerPoint, the harder   backwards compatibility becomes.

PowerPoint 2003 and earlier versions have a completely different way of operating. The best way to get around these issues is to download a compatibility pack but even that may not be the answer. Editing PowerPoint files, rather than just viewing them in different versions, can be particularly troublesome.

PowerPoint 2013, the latest version of the software, throws another consideration into the mix as it defaults  to a widescreen 16:9 ratio slides rather than the old 4:3 ratio. Moving content between different slide ratios is slow and time-consuming, so make sure that you are aware of this when you choose the ratio you will be working with.

In summary, moving between different versions of PowerPoint is definitely possible and in some cases it can be unproblematic. If you know that you will have to move the file between different versions there is usually some level of editing involved and it can be difficult and time-consuming. So our advice would be, if possible, use the same version of PowerPoint.

It is definitely the easiest option. However, if you decide that you need to use different versions please get in touch as we can make it an easy and painless transition.