Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 review: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.7
  • Setup and interface: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
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The Good Microsoft's PowerPoint 2003 is a fast, responsive program that includes lots of transitions, templates, and charts; it comes with a downloadable viewer.

The Bad PowerPoint 2003 has limited export format options, and some of the adjustments are too broad and crude. Also, the program is expensive and will be too complicated for some users.

The Bottom Line Although it's pricey, Microsoft's PowerPoint 2003 is still the reigning champion of presentation software. You'll get a wealth of customization options, though not when it comes to export formats.

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Microsoft PowerPoint 2003

Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 is more than two years old and isn't the simplest presentation software to use, but it is still the best overall choice for a small-business user who needs to create slide shows and presentations. It's available as a stand-alone program or as part of the Office 2003 package; the Small Business Edition encompasses Word, Excel, Publisher, and Outlook, while the Professional Edition also includes Access. At around $200 for just the PowerPoint software (about $500 for the entire Office 2003 suite), it's on the pricey side, but it's a responsive program that gives you a lot of options when you're building a presentation. Unfortunately, your choice of export formats is limited.

For this review, we loaded the entire Office 2003 Professional Edition suite, which took about 11 minutes; if you're installing just PowerPoint, it should go faster. Unfortunately, PowerPoint doesn't come with a manual or a shortcut sheet; you'll have to rely on links to Microsoft's Web site for instruction and tips.

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Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003

Part Number: 079-01869 Released: Aug. 1, 2003
MSRP: $229.00 Low Price: $80.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Aug. 1, 2003
  • Category office applications
  • Compatibility PC