Microsoft has rolled out its PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams, its video conferencing and chat software, and now wants to explain to its 115 million users how to actually use it to improve presentations.
At last month’s Microsoft Ignite conference, the company unveiled PowerPoint Live, Microsoft’s version of classic PowerPoint for a world where Teams is the platform for remote meetings.
PowerPoint Live eliminates the need for Teams users to open a PowerPoint deck and share their PC’s screen with an audience. Instead, the Presenter can simply open PowerPoint Live in Teams to give a presentation.
Discover PowerPoint Live in the new Share Content experience in Microsoft Teams meetings
Just start a Teams meeting to get started. Instead of opening a PowerPoint deck and sharing your screen, you can unlock the benefits of PowerPoint Live by choosing a file in the PowerPoint Live section of the new and improved Share content in Teams.
Present with confidence on your own or as a team
When presenting, being able to share your content is just one of your needs. To be successful, you want to be able to ‘read the room’ during the presentation, so that you can not only provide your content, but also adapt based on the reactions and body language of the audience. With PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams, you can see everything that’s happening in one place, while also seeing what’s in store for transitions to run seamlessly.
- Presenter View gives you all the tools to present confidently – PowerPoint Live gives you complete control over your content. The view you see as a presenter is yours only – view notes, join chats, and watch your audience – all in one panel view. This private view allows the presenter to see everything in one place, while the audience only sees the active slide. For example, view a slide and your slide notes so that your talking points are never far away. With the help of the thumbnail strip, you can see which slides will come next and jump one to. Grid view makes it easy to find your place in a large presentation.
- Seamless transition between presenters – If you have co-presenters, they can seamlessly “take control” and also get instant access to presenter viewing. Control can also be easily shared between any number of presenters, so no more hassle during the presentation to give the check to someone else, or worse, ask someone to go to the next slide for you.
- The new Presenter mode makes you feel like you’re in the room together – Presentation mode is the latest innovation in Microsoft Teams that lets you customize how your video feed and content are displayed to the audience. Seeing the speaker can reduce cognitive overload for your audience, as they can read your nonverbal cues and stay more focused with you as their visual guide. Presentation mode is a great addition to PowerPoint Live in Teams that makes your presentation immersive and engaging.
PowerPoint Live In Teams enables inclusive and engaging experiences for your audience
It is just as important that the audience feels involved and involved during a presentation. Often, people in the audience have different needs: some want to be able to see what’s in store, while others have to refer to the previous slides or change the view to a high contrast view so they can see better. With PowerPoint Live in Teams, we want to make sure you have the right tools to communicate, engage, and collaborate in a way that suits your needs.
- Interactive presentations help engage your audience – PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams encourages participants to interact with content like hyperlinks and videos. This redefines the way people interact with presentations. It not only helps retain viewers’ attention, but also allows visitors to consume the content at their own pace.
- With the latest Live Comments in Microsoft Teams meetings, all attendees can use emojis to share comments on the presentation in real time. These reactions help promote inclusivity in the meeting while keeping the tone cheerful and interactive.
- Hi-fi viewing experience tailored to your audience’s needs – Whether they’re participating via a mobile phone or 8k monitor, each participant experiences the presentation optimized for their screen type. The text and images are sharp, animations and transitions are smooth – and that while significantly less bandwidth is used than is normally required when sharing screens. So even participants with poor network connections can still enjoy the presentation. By using less bandwidth, participants can also turn on videos and see each other, which is especially important when working remotely.
- Accessible content improves audience understanding – PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams gives attendees access to shared content through screen readers. In addition, a high contrast mode for all content is available for each participant to choose privately on their device. This high contrast mode in PowerPoint Live will be available soon.