Key Features in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 – Broadcasting, Co-Authoring [Collaboration]

Microsoft Office 2010 is targeted towards enterprise collaboration and like any other Office 2010 product, it does take inspiration from the existing products.

We earlier reviewed the key features in Outlook 2010 and today, we will tell you some of the interesting stuff in PowerPoint 2010.

Co-authoring

Multiple people will be able to work on the same presentation and add to this, integration with office communicator makes the collaboration more interactive.

As far as MS’s biggest competitor is concerned, this feature will be available in the next release.

Video Files

You will be able to edit/trim/select relevant sections in the video, all using the new version of PowerPoint. You can also set the video to fade in and out at specified intervals and apply a variety of video styles and effects. We played with this feature a lot and while it worked perfectly with Youtube videos, we faced issues while embedding videos from sites like blip.tv.

Broadcast

Power2010 will enable you to instantly broadcast your presentations by sending out a URL (public/private access) so that people can view your presentation on the Web (requires Windows Live). Your audience can see your slides in high fidelity, even if they don’t have PowerPoint installed.

Think of this as a real time Slideshare feature, and perfect for collaborative meetings.

Device Access

Post your presentations online and then access, view, and edit them from the Web or your Windows phone. With PowerPoint 2010, you can get things done according to your schedule across multiple locations and devices.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Web App. Extend your PowerPoint experience to the Web and enjoy full-screen, high-quality viewing of our presentations. Store your presentations online and edit your work through the PowerPoint Web App when you’re away from your office, home, or school.

What is important to note here is that Office 2010 web apps are far richer in functionality that Google Docs and as we mentioned earlier, can be accessed via Facebook as well [Docs.com].

Other interesting features include the ability to work on multiple presentations/multiple monitors, a lot better image editing, better implementation of slide transition features etc makes PowerPoint 2010 a much better product than the earlier version.