New Microsoft Office Insider Build adds new Record experience to PowerPoint

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  • PowerPoint and Outlook are set to receive a couple of improvements with the newly released Office Insider Preview Build 14729.20106 for Insiders.
  • Users can now easily record and share their presentations, thus, enhancing their engagement with the audience. 
  • Teams users can now chat from the email, share an email to Teams, and even plan a Teams meeting with other email participants.

Microsoft has released Office Insider Preview Build 14729.20108 for Insiders on Windows in the Current Channel. The new Office update adds several usability improvements to PowerPoint and Outlook.

With the latest build of Office installed, you can easily record and share video presentations with your audience. 

Explore the new record experience

The Record experience includes tools like Teleprompter view to help you focus on what’s important to your message, blur your background to eliminate distractions for your audience, and more.

In addition to the usual email functions, the new Office build allows you to start a Teams chat from email, share an email to Teams, or schedule a Teams meeting with email participants.

In order to access this new feature, all you have to do is click on the Team icon found in the upper-right corner of an email and select your desired action. Here is the official full changelog



Tell your story with video recording in PowerPoint

Video is perhaps the most influential storytelling medium today, and recording your own videos in PowerPoint can serve as a powerful tool to tell a story your way. With the new Record experience, you can easily create and share videos of your presentation. Special features include the Teleprompter view, which enables you to look at the camera and refer to notes at the same time, and the ability to blur your background to eliminate distractions for your audience. To enter the new experience, click the Record button in the top app bar or click the Record tab and then select From Beginning (or From Current Slide).


Chat more easily with email recipients

There are times when it’s necessary to launch a side conversation about an issue raised in email or to move a conversation from email to chat. It’s also sometimes difficult to quickly find and get back to the exact conversation you want, since multiple conversations related to a single email may happen in different places. That’s why we’ve brought relevant Teams activities to a prominent place in Outlook, so you can easily start a Teams chat from email, share an email to Teams, or schedule a Teams meeting with email participants.

To discover these features, simply click on the Teams icon at the upper-right corner of a given email and select the action you want. To start your chat or to share the email in Teams, a Teams window will pop up; to set up a meeting, you’ll get a Calendar window with the email recipients already added.

You can get the latest Office Insider Preview by opening any program and choosing File > Account > Update Options > Update Now.

Are you excited to see the new record experience come to PowerPoint? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.