Among the world’s most popular UCaaS tools, Microsoft Teams has quickly taken the market by storm. Today more than 145 million people use Teams to fuel crucial conversations between staff members. To maintain this leadership, Microsoft frequently offers new features and functionality designed for the future of work.
Over the past year, Microsoft has discovered various wonderful ways to create engaging experiences for employees, even in an unpredictable hybrid environment. Microsoft’s Together Mode features have helped remote workers feel more connected, while bots and integrations create a single window for productivity. Now, two of the features announced at this year’s Ignite for Microsoft event are also integrated into Teams.
From now on, businesses will be able to access PowerPoint Live and webinar features from Microsoft Teams. According to a blog posted by Microsoft, the “Presenter View” feature, which will no doubt be useful for PowerPoint presentations and webinars, will also be rolled out in May.
What to expect from PowerPoint Live
Microsoft promises that PowerPoint Live, a new solution specifically designed for sharing PowerPoint presentations with Teams contacts, will help users deliver polished presentations and learning experiences remotely. PowerPoint Live transforms the content sharing experience with useful tools to improve engagement and user experience.
PowerPoint Live, combined with the imminent release of Presenter Mode in Teams, will allow anyone to deliver more professional presentations. You can use Presenter View to easily access information and notes alongside your presentation. You can view the meeting chat, slides, and keep an eye on your audience while you provide your information.
PowerPoint Live also supports features such as seamless transitions between co-presenters when multiple people need to take the stage. Participants also have the ability to personalize their experience by browsing the content and slides at their own pace. Soon, the slide translation capabilities will also allow attendees to select their preferred language and have the content automatically translated for them, without affecting other attendees.
The presenter mode feature makes you feel like you’re in the same room as your audience. There are different ways to customize your video feed and content with Presenter view, including Standout view, which displays your stream as a silhouette on shared content. There’s also Reporter Mode, which displays your content over your shoulder, and Side-by-Side Mode, which displays your video alongside your content.
New webinar experiences from Microsoft teams
Presenter View and PowerPoint Live are just two of the exciting new features now adding to the Microsoft Teams experience. Now users can also host interactive webinars and meetings for up to 1,000 participants in Teams. With end-to-end support from Microsoft webinars, you can develop a fantastic learning opportunity for your customers and colleagues.
Microsoft’s webinar solution includes personalized registration pages and rich presentation options, as well as attendee emails, host orders, and more. You can even take control of participant chat and video in a webinar or access post-event reporting tools. Analytics give you a better idea of the overall level of participation in your webinar. Plus, you can track engagement and keep track of attendees.
For businesses that need to reach over 1,000 participants, Teams can support this as well. The Microsoft Teams meeting environment can now scale to accommodate a read-only broadcast for up to 20,000 people. According to Microsoft, it will be a valuable tool for companies exploring the new era of remote and hybrid working.
In the long term, Microsoft plans to offer a read-only streaming option to 10,000 people, but the company has doubled the allocation until the end of 2021 to support the remote working environment.
The new webinar and meeting experiences available from Microsoft Teams will be invaluable for businesses looking to host large events and conferences in a virtual environment. For businesses that don’t know how to implement their event strategy, Microsoft also offers a range of help options. The Live Events Support program, for example, enables customers to set up, manage, and deliver event experiences that are right for their customers.
Microsoft also offers Consulting Services for Virtual Events, which provide delivery and strategy support for organizations looking to move to larger conferences and personalized event experiences online. Microsoft’s trusted partners also provide solutions for the development, integration and transformation of your virtual event, regardless of its size.
Engage webinar and event attendees
PowerPoint Live and Microsoft Teams’ Webinar feature give today’s businesses more ways to engage and impress their audiences. The webinar solution also comes with helpful analysis and reporting tools, so you can continue to engage customers after the event is over. Users can easily access analytics and export analytics to their customer relationship management applications.
Starting in May, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing customers will be able to export attendee data directly from Microsoft Teams to create customer journey plans and campaigns. The integration of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing and Microsoft Teams will help webinar hosts deliver more engaging and retention experiences.
A particularly impressive point to note about the new features of Ignite in Microsoft Teams is that anyone can access them. You don’t have to buy a new product or a new language to enjoy it. PowerPoint Live and Webinar features are already included in the majority of Office and Microsoft 365 plans available to organizations today. Businesses can simply start experimenting with new presentation and event features whenever they want.
Microsoft has also released useful Webinar and PowerPoint Live Quick Start Guides for businesses who want to learn how to get the most from their new services.