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I was recently asked this question, which is not exactly a web-development question, but I’d like to share the answer, anyway: when someone sends a pps what is the difference…

I was recently asked this question, which is not exactly a web-development question, but I’d like to share the answer, anyway:

when someone sends a pps what is the difference to a wmv ? I just thought they were applications of media files opening up in certain players? can you explain a bit more?

Sure. No problem.

pps is the extension that is used for PowerPoint slide-show presentations. This is a Micro$oft proprietary format, that requires at least a PowerPoint reader on the machine that it is to be viewed on. Now, these files are essentially just descriptions of appearance and functionality, so they are small. However, if they contain lots of media stuff, such as images, videos, etc. these have to be included in it, albeit in a compressed form. So that bloats the files. In the end, they can be pretty big.

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