We’ve asked the question, “which presentation manager?” in the past. The new availability of some rather good online presentation managers pre-empted that question. These are alternatives to PowerPoint that might have had the edge on Microsoft PowerPoint presentation software. So it’s no surprise that the insights we’ve been given into the new PowerPoint 2013 suggest that the innovative newcomers have inspired some change in PowerPoint.
The new PowerPoint 2013 seems to be more design friendly. When you use it, you can steer yourself towards classier and more elegant presentation styles. I can’t see a mention of clipart. But surely everyone must hope that the team has got rid of clipart.
Navigation grids and zooming functionality also seem inspired by others. That’s not a problem. These sound like good developments for PowerPoint 2013 presentations.
Collaboration with work colleagues near and far is a key feature of PowerPoint 2013. We didn’t think that the cloud could be far from any Microsoft announcement. So the news that collaboration is to be facilitated by presentations being saved to SkyDrive or SharePoint by default was not unexpected.
A neat little PowerPoint web app is also appealing. Not least, because this allows you to collaborate on a PowerPoint 2013 presentation with someone who doesn’t have PowerPoint. Yes, that’s more like it.
There’s bound to be further news and user trials yet, but it seems that PowerPoint 2013 is pointing to a new, if not better, presentation future. The team at the anti-PowerPoint party won’t be enamoured of this PowerPoint presentation update. However, most business presenters will feel more comfortable trying it.
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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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