Teams webinars are now generally available, Presenter view is coming to PowerPoint Live
Microsoft announced today that it generally makes available two new features for teams – webinars and PowerPoint Live. The webinar capability was first announced to Pro plan users via a message center notification in February. However, the mention of the “Pro” plan was later clarified as incorrect, with the company claiming it would launch the feature as part of the current subscription for businesses. PowerPoint Live started rolling out in March and is now available to everyone.
While Teams has primarily been a tool suited for internal meetings and communication, the company aims to make it more useful for external presentations and webinars. Webinars can be interactive with up to 1,000 attendees and include management features for organizers such as registration pages, the ability to control attendee flows, “rich presentation options” and post-reporting. event. Post-event reports can help organizers assess participation and gather feedback as needed. Starting this month, Dynamics 365 Marketing customers will also be able to export participant data directly from Teams for automatic campaign creation and customer journey mapping, thanks to the integration between Teams and Dynamics 365.
The company adds that users will be able to expand read-only webinars to 20,000 users through the end of the year, keeping in mind the increase in remote work during the pandemic. However, starting next year, the functionality will be limited to 10,000 read-only participants.
The other cool feature for Teams users is Presenter View for PowerPoint Live presentations. PowerPoint Live presentations allow attendees to interact with the presentations without affecting the presenter’s view, meaning that users can navigate between slides if they wish during a live presentation without disrupting the presentation itself. They can also use screen readers or a high contrast mode, which helps them consume the presentation at the desired pace.
Presenters also have the ability to view multiple slides, participant video feeds, and notes without affecting the presentation. The Redmond firm first launched this feature in PowerPoint for the web. The company says it will also add translation capabilities, allowing users to translate slides into the language of their choice during a live presentation.
Presenter views further enhance live presentations by allowing presenters to change the way slides are displayed on the screen. Users can overlay their video feed on the presentation in Standout mode, display the content as a “visual aid” over their shoulders in Reporter mode, or place the video and presentations side-by-side in side-by-side mode. The standout mode will roll out later this month, while the rest of the modes will be available “shortly thereafter.”
Microsoft will deploy all webinar functionality to Microsoft 365 E3 / E5, Microsoft 365 A3 / A5, and Microsoft 365 Government G3 / G5 customers at no additional cost. Microsoft 365 Business Standard and Microsoft 365 Business Premium plan subscribers will be limited to using the features for 300 users. The company adds that “all” Teams users can “try out” the webinar’s features as part of a “promotional period” until the end of 2021.