PowerPoint is the ubiquitous tool business people and students use to create multimedia presentations. The 2007 updates are supposed to make it less of a hassle to dress up slide shows. Most of PowerPoint's features are available as icons in a tabbed ribbon atop the interface. And dynamic, visual galleries let you see a change before finalizing it.
In trying out the beta, CNET Reviews found that the two-pane presentation of the PowerPoint file is similar to that of earlier editions of the application, but the ribbon menu along the top of the interface sets it apart from its predecessors.
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