Microsoft previews PowerPoint Presenter Coach, uses AI to make your presentations better

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Microsoft is pushing out new features to Office 365, primarily PowerPoint, giving users more tools to help them with their presentations. Probably one of the most useful is what Microsoft is touting as “Presenter Coach”, a tool that was announced last month and is currently in public preview. It improves publish speaking skills by providing feedback on reversion in areas such as filler words and speech pacing. Microsoft is rolling the feature out to English speakers first, but promises to “add new capabilities and improve performance in the coming months.”

PowerPoint in Office for the web is also gaining Inking capabilities, allowing users to add annotations to their slides in real time. The new feature lets individuals to animate process flows and diagrams in Slide Show, allowing them to interpret ideas in a more effective way.

Animated image of Inking used in PowerPoint on a pop quiz about the solar system.

Microsoft is also bringing templates to the Whiteboard app for desktop and iOS devices, including those used for brainstorming, KANBAN sprint planning, SWOT analysis, project planning, learning, and others. The templates are currently in public preview for users on Windows 10, but will make its way to iOS and iPadOS devices “within a few days.”

Animated image of sticky notes being used in Microsoft Whiteboard.

Microsoft has also added 23 education-based 3D models created by Lifeliqe to Office as well, allowing teachers and students to use them within Powerpoint presentations. These models are available now to Office 365 subscribers in Windows now, although no word has been provided on them coming to other platforms.

What do you think of these new features? What else do you think Microsoft can do to improve its Office 365 services? Let us know what you think in the comments area below.