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Live transcription and translation coming soon to PowerPoint for Microsoft 365.

May 4, 2020 8:15:00 AM / by Danny Kirkby

Powerpoint Translation

Microsoft will soon be enabling a new PowerPoint feature which make live presentations more inclusive, easier to follow, and just plain better!

Live Presentations for PowerPoint for web will allow audience members to see a live transcript of the presenter’s spoken words (including live translation) alongside slides on their devices.

The new feature will be deployed via Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) through May and June with a full rollout targeted to completed by the end of June. 

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How will Live Presentations and live transcription work?

Smiling charismatic speaker giving public presentation in conference hall

On the day of a presentation, the presenter will select “Present Live” either from within the Slide Show tab (in case of the Simplified ribbon) or from the View tab: 

Simplified ribbon view:

powerpoint live presentation simplified ribbon

Classic ribbon view

classic ribbon

Before starting live presentation, the presenter can then choose who will be able to access the session:

powerpoint live presentation presenter options
  • Only people in your organization - Limits access to people signed in with accounts within the same Office 365 organization (work or school account) as the presenter.
  • Anyone - Allows access to anyone who has the link to the live presentation.

A live presentation allows each audience member to follow a presentation on their own device, whether laptop, tablet or phone. They can also choose live subtitles from more than 60 languages, navigate between slides, send real-time reactions and provide feedback to the presenter. 

How can I get Live Presentation for PowerPoint.

As usual, new features are pushed out automatically to valid Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) users, and the web version of PowerPoint is available in nearly all subscriptions, so nearly everyone will have access to this amazing feature.

Admins will be able to govern centrally who will have access to the ability to Live Present to Anyone, for added security.

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Topics: office 365, Microsoft

Danny Kirkby

Written by Danny Kirkby

Technical Director and IT & Telecoms specialist at One2Call.

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