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(This post, originally published in 2010, announced the availability of the PowerPoint 2010 Viewer. This post remains incredibly popular because so people find the Viewer to be a useful tool. We're republishing it so readers of our blog can find and use it, too.)
I’m excited to announce that our new PowerPoint Viewer is now available here for free download . By installing the PowerPoint Viewer, you can open and watch PowerPoint presentations in all formats, no matter what computer you’re using. We’ve revamped our viewer to display PowerPoint presentations, including those created in 2010, in full-fidelity. This means that all the new transitions, videos, and effects will appear and behave exactly like they do in PowerPoint 2010.
In order to display presentations with such high quality, you’ll need to install the PowerPoint 2010 Viewer on your computer. This is a departure from previous viewers, which run as standalone files.
The Viewer has always been one of our most popular downloads (not just for PowerPoint, but for all of Microsoft), and we’ll be continuing to work on it and update it for our customers.
Please let us know via comments about how you’re using the Viewer and any questions or problems you have.
Want to download the new Viewer? Here’s the link again.
Allen Huang PowerPoint Program Manager
Update: We’ve received a number of questions about why the PowerPoint 2010 Viewer requires installation, rather than being a no-installation .EXE that can be burned to CDs. Our number one goal is to keep your computers safe and secure; the only way for us to ensure that the PowerPoint Viewer is always up-to-date and secure is by requiring installation, which enables the application to receive future security updates. If you’d like a way to view PowerPoint presentations and share them with others without downloading any software, we recommend using the PowerPoint Web App.
I installed it in XP with SP3 and straight away had the well-documented problem of not being able to open it in Outlook Express despite it's working perfectly on files saved to hard disk. When are you going to fix that? I did manage to fix the link but shouldn't need to.
Why downloaded filename is only "PowerPointVewer"??
I think it should be named "PowerPointVewer2010" to se at first look what version it is !!!
I'm still missing the loop functionality!! :-(
thank for releasing it so soon ^ ^ ~
Very disappointed in lack of response to documentation of command-line switches and how to fix looping issue. Back to a better, older product. Sometimes a Microsoft theme.
Thanks for allowing me to join for free....
I would like to use this software to view PowerPoint presentations on a public kiosk system. I noticed that under the Tools button there is a "Map Network Drive" option; having this function is contradictory to my need for having this kiosk system "locked down". Is there any way to disable the "Map Network Drive" function?
I'm trying to run this on my Win2000 computer, but I get an error message when I try to open it. Either I'm told that "access to the specified device, path, or file is denied", or that "powerpointviewer.exe is not at valid Win32 application". Is this a subtle way of telling me it won't run on Windows 2000?
So will PowerPoint Viewer 2010 ever be set up to where we can loop presentations or is this working as intended?
I developed a presentation (198 MB) with PP 2010 on a Windows Vista machine. The presentation included a slide with a 200 MB video that was trimmed but not optimized as I didn't want to lose any of the video quality. The video plays as trimmed on the Vista machine with PP 2010 where it was developed. When I transferred the file to a machine with XP, PP 2007, and the PP 2010 Viewer the video does not stop at the trimmed end point. With an optimized presentation (46 MB), the Viewer recognizes the trim and works fine on the XP machine. Any ideas how to solve the problem with the big video?
Please create an msi installer for powerpoint viewer!
"... the only way for us to ensure that the PowerPoint Viewer is always up-to-date and secure is by requiring installation..."
OH ARE YOU CATCHING THAT BUNCH OF HOGWASH ???!!! Who do these people think they are talking to? They must think we are all a bunch of non-technical end users who will swallow their load of crap.
Come on! The powerpoint viewer should absolutly be available as a non-installable package that can be distributed WITH presentations. Otherwise it makes Powerpoint a much less useful tool...and honestly makes the viewer almost worthless.
i need to get another product key cos i 've lost the previous one
how do i get another product key