PowerPoint Live feature to improve presentations in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft seems to be rolling out the “PowerPoint Live” feature of video conferencing and chat software “Microsoft Teams.” The company posted a blog post on April 7th about how to use this feature for better presentations. Teams has more than 115 million daily active users as of fall 2020.

Provided by: Microsoft PowerPoint Live is a feature that allows you to give presentations using traditional PowerPoint while using Teams as a remote conferencing platform. It was unveiled at the “Microsoft Ignite” conference in March. With PowerPoint Live, Teams users can start a presentation simply by opening PowerPoint Live from within Teams, rather than opening a PowerPoint deck and sharing their PC screen with participants.

Microsoft Teams Platform Strategy–Vision for Long-Term Winning This eases the burden of giving presentations remotely. This is especially good news for people who are not good at presentations. In March, Microsoft also announced Teams’s “presenter mode,” which is available in PowerPoint Live. When displaying a slide, it is a function that allows you to overlay the talking presenter on the slide and display the slide next to the presenter. There is also a feature that allows participants to respond to presentations in real time using pictograms. Lishan Yu, program manager for the PowerPoint team, posted on the Office Insider blog about how to start a PowerPoint Live presentation on Teams and a new experience. Remote meetings may highlight gaps in knowledge and culture of presentation skills, which may be remedied. First, when using PowerPoint on a PC, the presenter used to start the presentation by clicking the PowerPoint “Slide Show” button in the actual conference room. Today, Yu explains that the flow of presentations can be just as easy and intuitive, even if you’re not in the same room as the participants. A remote presenter can click the PowerPoint Present in Teams button to start the meeting within Teams. This button is located in the upper right corner of the window, and when you click it, a Teams session is automatically launched. For example, it can be used by the following procedure. After attending a Teams meeting or joining a Teams call, open a presentation in PowerPoint on Windows. Then click Present in Teams. According to Yu, you need to be licensed for Office 365 E3, Office 365 A3, Office 365 A5, Office 365 A5, and Microsoft 365 for Government to try out this feature. The feature will also be rolled out to users of Insider beta channels with version 2104 (Build 13926.20000) and later, according to Yu.