New features for Office Remote improve video play, presenter control

In November, Microsoft announced the availability of Office Remote, the product of collaboration between Microsoft Research and the Microsoft Office engineering team that enables a number of useful features for delivering business presentations. Now, an updated version is available in the Windows Phone Store that gives presenters better feedback at a glance and more control at their fingertips.

Office Remote transforms a Windows Phone 8 device into a presentation-management tool. Users can use it to interact with Office on their PCs, enabling them to control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from across a room. Presenters are then free to move about freely while talking. They can start PowerPoint, advance slides, see speaker notes and deploy an on-screen laser pointer. They also can navigate between Excel worksheets and graphs or scroll quickly through a Word document or jump to specific sections within the doc.

“The new version of Office Remote gives presenters better feedback at a glance and more control at their fingertips,” says Darren Edge, a Beijing-based researcher who worked with his Office colleagues on both the original Office Remote release and the update. “You can now see a thumbnail image of the current slide, reducing the need to look back at the projected slide or to walk back to the presentation PC. The same thumbnail image also provides a convenient and direct way to focus the audience’s attention — you can be holding the phone naturally in an upright position and simply move your thumb over the image to laser-point on the projected slide.”

To find out more about the research that was done and continues to improve presentations, check out the full story on Inside Microsoft Research.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff