Microsoft Teams and PowerPoint Live webinars rolling out this week
Microsoft Teams will support webinars and PowerPoint Live this week. The features make it much easier to present to a large audience of people. Microsoft describes all of the new features in a recent blog post.
You can present up to 1,000 attendees through interactive webinars or upgrade to read-only broadcasts for up to 10,000 people. Microsoft has temporarily increased the limit for read-only broadcasts to 20,000 people, as more and more people are working remotely.
You can set up custom registration pages, rich presentation options, and host controls for your webinars. You can also view post-event reports to understand how attendees participated in the webinar.
PowerPoint Live presents content and information in a way that enhances the presentation. With it, you can see upcoming slides, notes, meeting chat, and audience all through one view.
While you present a PowerPoint, users can navigate the slides at their own pace and use features like high contrast mode and the screen reader to better absorb the content. Translations of the slides are not yet available, but will be available in the future.
Presenter Mode will roll out later this month. It allows presenters to select how their video feed appears to other people. Presenters can choose between standout mode, reporter mode, and side-by-side mode. Standout mode will roll out later this month, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for reporter and side-by-side modes.
These new features are included in the Microsoft 365 E3 / E5, Microsoft 365 A3 / A5 and Microsoft 365 Government G3 / G5 plans. Microsoft 365 Business Standard and Microsoft 365 Business Premium plans can also use the features, but they are limited to a maximum of 300 participants. For the remainder of this year, all Teams users can try out the features with their existing subscriptions, but that trial will end before 2022.
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