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Microsoft PowerPoint

Supported Product

PowerPoint is the University's supported and recommended presentation graphics program for both OS X and Windows. It can be used to create overheads, onscreen electronic presentations, and handouts. PowerPoint features customizable templates and the ability to share text, data, and graphics between programs.



PowerPoint is commercial software that can be purchased from the Computer Connection at an educational discount.

Microsoft software is now available to University of Pennsylvania departments through the Microsoft Select Program, a volume license agreement. A detailed description of the Microsoft Program including product information and a FAQ has been prepared by the Office of Software Licensing. All purchases of Microsoft Select software are made through the Computer Connection.

PowerPoint may be purchased as part of Microsoft's Office suite of products, which bundles Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or it may be purchased separately.


Configuration instructions are included with the software.

Related resources

Note: the file format that is the default in PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010 for Windows and PowerPoint 2008 for OS X and requires a converter to be opened in any older version of PowerPoint.

Users of PowerPoint 2003 for Windows can install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack to read PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2008, and PowerPoint 2010 files in their default format. Users of PowerPoint 2004 for OS X can install the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac to read PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2008, PowerPoint 2010, and PowerPoint 2011 files in their default format.

PowerPoint 2002 for Windows was removed from the supported products list in Fiscal 2007 and PowerPoint v.X for OS X was removed from the supported products list in Fiscal 2009. PowerPoint 2003 was removed from the supported list in Fiscal 2012 and PowerPoint 2004 was removed from the supported list in Fiscal 2013.

Windows compatibility

PowerPoint 2010 SP1 functions correctly in Windows 8.1 Update

Microsoft released PowerPoint 2011, a successor to PowerPoint 2008, as part of the release of Office 2011 in October 2010.

OS X compatibility

PowerPoint 2011 SP3 functions correctly in OS X Yosemite.

Microsoft released PowerPoint 2013 as part of the Office 2013 suite, in January 2013.