Here, we take a look at how to broadcast a PowerPoint 2016 for desktop presentation online to your remote colleagues.
The ability to deliver PowerPoint presentations online started with Office 2010, and the process got better and easier in Office 2016. This feature provides a simple solution for hosting a webinar or conference call quickly. It also does not require installation or registration for participants. In fact, people viewing your presentation don’t even need PowerPoint installed on their computer, just a browser.
Here we take a look at how to stream an online presentation from PowerPoint 2016 to remote viewers.
Stream a PowerPoint presentation online
First, open the PowerPoint file you want to broadcast online to your colleagues, and from the ribbon, select the Slideshow tab. Then, in the Start slideshow section, click Present online, and in the drop-down menu, select Office presentation service. It’s also worth noting that if you’re using a Pro or Business version of Office 365, you should also see Skype for Business As an option. You can also broadcast the presentation to your colleagues on this platform.
Then, a message will appear, prompting you to sign in to the Office Presentation Service. You can also check the box to allow remote viewers to download the presentation if you want. This will allow people on the other end to refer to the presentation as needed.
Wait until the online presentation is prepared and your system is connected to the Office presentation service. The time required will vary depending on the size of your presentation and connection speed.
Once everything is prepared and connected, you get a link to the venue for the presentation. You can then email the link, IM, or copy and paste it into social media.
Once you’ve sent the link to remote viewers, all they have to do is click on the link, and they’ll be able to view your presentation and follow along from their default browser as you browse your slides.
As a presenter, you have tools to help the viewer focus on the data provided by your slides, such as a laser pointer, pen options (with a Microsoft Surface or other touchscreen laptop), the ability to zoom, change display settings, highlight specific areas of slides, etc.
Do you use PowerPoint for remote meetings and broadcast your presentations online? Or do you prefer third-party services like Webex, GoToMeeting or Join.me. Leave a comment below and let us know.