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PowerPoint presentations in Microsoft Teams are about to get a lot better

Powerpoint Live Teams
Powerpoint Live Teams (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Office Insiders can now try out PowerPoint Live in Teams.
  • PowerPoint Live in Teams brings a new experience for presenting slideshows within Teams meetings.
  • It also brings an improved presenter view that makes it easy to review notes and communicate with meeting members.

Microsoft Teams has a new feature to try out that improves PowerPoint presentations within meetings. The feature is called PowerPoint Live, and it's available for testing for Office Insiders. PowerPoint Live improves the presentation experience within Teams, makes it easy to co-present slideshows, and lets you project yourself over your presentation to appear as if you're presenting in front of a screen.

Microsoft announced (opens in new tab) PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams back in March, but the feature is rolling out to Insiders for the first time starting today.

To use the feature, you need to be in a meeting or Teams call. You then need to open your presentation within PowerPoint and click the "Present in Teams" button within PowerPoint.

Presenter Mode Teams

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

When presenting with this new setup, you can see your presentation's content and the chat from your meeting or call at the same time. You can also use features like grid review and slide notes to improve your presentation.

The improved presenter view also allows you to seamlessly co-present with someone else. You can set multiple presenters that can each take control of a presentation. This should make things a bit smoother when handing off between people.

People can interact with your presentation with PowerPoint Live as well. You can use hyperlinks and videos to enrich your presentation. People can also use live reactions within meetings to show how they feel about different content.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

1 Comment
  • Very much looking forward to this, and also to have Live Presentations available through the regular W10 PowerPoint app. Right now you can only do Live Presentations (live transcribing, user access to the slide deck, etc.) through Office online. It makes perfect sense to build this into Teams, but it would be nice to choose your own meeting software while not having to rely on the Office website.