Powerpoint 2010 Overview

Ever since I downloaded the free office 2010, I had been playing around with all its applications. I must say that I am impressed with the enhancements that I see. PowerPoint is the world’s most widely used presentation application and as expected, Microsoft has introduced several cool features in PowerPoint 2010.

While Office 2007 improved the rendering quality of static content, Office 2010 has improved the rendering of dynamic content like videos, animations and transitions through its new DirectX 9.0 powered core rendering engine. PowerPoint 2010 makes it easy to make on-the-fly presentations, in addition to leveraging the power of your graphics hardware to significantly enhance the rendering of the PowerPoint slide-shows.

To broadcast a presentation, open the slide-show in PowerPoint 2010, click “Broadcast Slide Show” and connect to the PowerPoint Broadcast Service. You will be given a unique link which you can share with your remote attendees. The rest is usual. Just start the PowerPoint slide show and present it the same way you do with any other presentation.

The remote attendees listening to the audio over the phone or a conference call, may have to click the shared link only once to open the presentation in the web browser and watch the broadcast. This view has the same cross-platform and cross-browser support as the Office Web Apps. All PowerPoint 2010 users can access the PowerPoint Broadcast Service using a Windows Live ID.

PowerPoint 2010 has also revamped Animation and Transition Effects and provides a host of new transition effects. In PowerPoint 2010, video playback is handled seamlessly inside the application, without launching external video players like Windows Media Player.

PowerPoint 2010 continues to have the Ribbon but it is now customizable.It is easy to make new Ribbon tabs and add or remove commands from the tabs easily. It is also easy to convert your presentation into videos in PowerPoint 2010. To create a video, click the “Office” button on the top left and navigate to “Share” –> “Create a Video Option”. Microsoft as also now made it easy to embed videos in PowerPoint presentations. There is also a built-in video editor feature to trim videos, add effects, etc.

The built-in Screen Capture tool makes it easy to capture and embed screen-shots in the slides. Most Office users were annoyed by the fact that they cannot open the PowerPoint 2007 slides in earlier versions of PowerPoint. Microsoft has got it right this time as it is now easier to open any PowerPoint 2010 presentation in Office 2007 (supporting .pptx format) or earlier versions (supporting .ppt format).

It also supports co-authoring, which lets users to simultaneously edit the same presentation from different locations or computers. You can also use Office Communicator or your instant messaging application to view the availability of others who are authoring a presentation with you and easily initiate a conversation without leaving PowerPoint.

In PowerPoint 2010, you can view and edit multiple presentations, side-by-side or on separate monitors.

Get Microsoft Office 2010 and creating stunning presentations with PowerPoint 2010. Enterprises can also free download Office 2010 Upgrade Assessor to assess whether Microsoft Office 2010 can be deployed.

One comment on “Powerpoint 2010 Overview

  1. I just discovered the ability to render a recorded presentation to video after I was having trouble with and disappointed with Camtasia. Also, the transitions on PowerPoint 2010 compared to 2007 are very much improved and for the first time, won’t make you look like an amateur.

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