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PowerPoint costs the economy billions

A political party has formed in Switzerland with a single aim - to outlaw Microsoft's dreaded PowerPoint application.

The Anti-PowerPoint Party (APPP) estimates that the use of Microsoft's presentation software costs the Swiss economy 2.1 billion Swiss francs (£1.54 billion) a year. It extrapolates that to claim that, across Europe, some €110 billion (£81 billion) is frittered away by managers trying to make the information they want to impart look prettier.

"Almost everywhere, where people are employed, presentations are done with PowerPoint, The party writes. "In Switzerland there are about 40,500 companies with more than 10 employees. Then there are still other institutions: schools, universities, research institutes, international organizations, laboratories, associations, parties, authorities, municipal administrations, federal administrations, hospitals, foundations, the police, churches, communities, the Army... All these institutions use PowerPoint."

The outfit arrives at its figures by assuming that 11 per cent of the 4.1 million Swiss employees have to attend PowerPoint presentations on a regular basis, say twice a week, and some "85 per cent of the participants find that the presentations are killing motivation".

In Switzerland, citizens can demand a referendum on any subject, if they can get 100,000 voters to sign a petition demanding one. The APPP wants a referendum on the PowerPoint ban and will contest seats in the coming Swiss general elections in October in order to hammer its point across.

The APPP says, that, in 95 per cent of the cases, the flipchart would beat PowerPoint, based on the effect.

"PowerPoint is like an ailment for which a remedy has been found long ago. The more members we have worldwide, the more people talk about it, and the more change will take place," party founder and president Matthias Poehm, said.

Poehm is the author of a book called: The PowerPoint Fallacy which contains the party manifesto.

Lucky members can get €10 off the price of the book once they join up.