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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