Technology is very good at dazzling us. A couple of decades ago Microsoft PowerPoint arrived on the scene and impressed us by giving us the tools to impress others with eye‑catching, information-rich slide presentations.
A big reason for its stunning popularity, PowerPoint has around 95% of the presentation software market, is that it’s quite easy to use. It doesn’t take much by way of technical skills to create presentations that engage audiences and communicate messages with style and flair.
But in a way, ease of use has made PowerPoint a little bit ordinary. PowerPoint slideshows are so easy to create, and so commonplace in the business world, that they no longer impress us. They’re normal. And normal can get boring after a while.
But now there’s a new way to add sizzle to your PowerPoint presentations. Office Mix is a free PowerPoint add-in (from Microsoft for Office 365) that converts PowerPoint slides into interactive online presentations. With Office Mix you can add audio or video to your presentation (for example, of yourself presenting), write on slides and add quizzes and live web pages.
You can also record your presentations and send them to people who couldn’t be there in person. The whole point of a PowerPoint presentation is to communicate your information effectively. With Office Mix and these features you’ll be able to enhance the impact of your presentations and transfer knowledge more effectively than in previous versions of PowerPoint. If you’re already familiar with PowerPoint, you’ll find Office Mix a breeze.
Once your presentation is ready, you simply click ‘Upload’ and it turns into an interactive document that’s stored in the cloud. Sharing your presentation is easy. Simply share the link and others can watch it on any internet-connected device.
Something that works particularly well for teams within your business, you can embed the share link into your Office 365 or SharePoint team sites, allowing the presentations to be consumed inline where people are working. By using the quiz functionality within a few clicks we have a lightweight skills testers within our intranet. Think of the possibilities where this technology can be applied for some quick wins. Ideas include rollout of a new corporate values program, updating staff on a new procedure, or the induction process for contractors.
What do you need to get started? To run Office Mix you need Office 2013 with PowerPoint 2013 or PowerPoint 2013. To download the Office Mix add-in visit mix.office.com. The website includes several great tutorials that’ll have you up and running with Office Mix in no time.) Once it’s installed, you’ll see a new Mix tab in the PowerPoint ribbon.
It’s that simple. So, away you go, and enjoy the great presentations you’ll be creating with Office Mix! Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried Office Mix and what you think of it.
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