Microsoft PowerPoint Now Helps You Deliver the Perfect Presentation

Posted on September 25, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft, Office 365 with 6 Comments

Microsoft is announcing some new features for its Office apps today. One of the interesting features being announced today is the new Presenter Coach for PowerPoint.

It’s a new feature that takes advantage of AI to help users deliver the perfect presentation and improve your public speaking skills. The feature, first coming to PowerPoint on the web, will allow users to rehearse their presentation. During the rehearsal, PowerPoint will give users real-time on-screen feedback that will help you improve your presentation skills. The coach is apparently able to give you tips on things like your pacing, use of filler words, and use of sensitive phrases.

All of that will be provided in real-time, and PowerPoint will present you with a final report at the end of the rehearsal session, which you can download locally and go for another rehearsal till you feel comfortable. Microsoft says the new feature only works in English, and it plans to introduce new features and improve performance in the coming months.

Microsoft is also improving Inking capabilities for PowerPoint on the web, meaning you can now ink and annotate on your presentations. The feature comes with an Ink Replay animation for your slides, which will allow you to put some interesting animations on your slides.

The company is also introducing new templates for the Microsoft Whiteboard app, and new 3D models and lesson plans for students using Office for desktop.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Microsoft PowerPoint Now Helps You Deliver the Perfect Presentation”

  1. danbush113

    Edward Tufte would probably say that there is nothing PowerPoint can do related to a Perfect Presentation...

  2. MikeGalos

    Nice. Now if we could only get the average marketing type to actually use it.

  3. wright_is

    Why are gardening implements sensitive?

    • IanYates82

      In reply to wright_is:

      I often use the phrase slightly differently anyway - "calls a spade a [email protected] shovel" :)

    • Jackwagon

      In reply to wright_is:

      The particular gardening implement's name was once upon a time used as an ethnic slur. I mean, it probably still is to some, but I would imagine the saying has some baggage that is associated with how the word is used.

      In other words (ahem), it was probably used to refer to the shovel, then someone decided to repurpose it as a slur. It wouldn't be the first time a word, phrase, or symbol got corrupted, and it wasn't the last.

      Sadly, I am sure there are many other phrases that have similarly unpleasant origins or contexts.

      • wright_is

        In reply to Jackwagon:

        I think it is time we started taking our language back.

        When I was at school, it everybody could be gay, it just meant happy... Now, if I say I am feeling gay, people look at me strangely.