Microsoft Teams gets webinar, PowerPoint Live, and presenter mode
Microsoft Teams is acquiring some important new features that were previewed but are now generally available. Specifically, the workplace communication and collaboration app receives PowerPoint Live and webinars. Microsoft adds that Presenter View will be widely available later this month.
In a blog post, Microsoft explains how Teams has grown more powerful over the past year. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the application has been enriched with many new features.
“Over the past year, we’ve found new ways to create engaging virtual experiences at work,” Microsoft’s Nicole Herskowitz writing.
“We have transformed the spaces of our homes into offices, developed new skills for remote collaboration and, in some cases, adopted new technologies to get the job done. I often hear from our clients about the burden of using different tools to accomplish similar tasks at work. That’s one of the reasons I’m excited to announce new innovations in Microsoft Teams that give you more ways to use the tool you rely on every day for collaboration and internal meetings, now for webinars and external events.
Looking at what’s new for all users, let’s start with the webinars. This is a tool that allows Microsoft Teams users to host webinars for up to 1000 participants. It includes interactive tools, participant emails, personalized registration pages, presentation options, and accommodation options.
If you want to host a webinar with over 1,000 attendees, the app supports 10,000 read-only and 20,000 will be available by the end of the year.
PowerPoint Live and Presenter View
PowerPoint Live is now available to everyone. Live presentations allow PowerPoint users to set up presentations where users can interact more deeply with the details. When presenting online, guests can zoom in on slides, photos, and details in real time.
Presenter View, not to be confused with the Presenter Coach tool in PowerPoint, offers new customization options for presenters in Teams. It comes with three modes of use:
- “Standout mode displays the speaker’s video stream as a silhouette in front of the shared content.
- Reporter mode displays content as a visual aid over the speaker’s shoulder, similar to a newscast.
- Side-by-side mode displays the presenter’s video feed alongside their content as they present.
Standout mode comes first, by the end of this month. Reporter and Side-by-side will land a little later.
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