PowerPoint 2010 Preview – What is New in PowerPoint 2010

Posted By Frank on July 30, 2009
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This July is a bit different for PowerPoint fans. Microsoft debuted a technical preview of its upcoming PowerPoint 2010 with a host of new features earlier this month.

Video Technical Preview of PowerPoint 2010:

See What’s New in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

Now let’s take a sneak peek at these new features in PowerPoint 2010 that has been unwrapped from PowerPoint Team Blog by now:

1. PowerPoint 2010 gives new PowerPoint media experience
PowerPoint 2010 has improvements over the whole media workflow: insertion, editing, presenting and distribution. Making video feel like an integrated part of PowerPoint; this means that every effect you can put on a shape or picture now work on video during playback, not just the first frame. Respecting the z-order of video is another example of this deep integration. It adds some playback controls to give you full control over the video.

It also adds features to help you trim media, integrate with the animation timeline, and even export your PowerPoint presentation to video.

2. PowerPoint 2010 Adds Wow Factor To Corporate Presentation

PowerPoint 2010 is all about making it easy to build "viscerally pleasing" presentations that instill "exhilaration" and "intense interest". And for that, it has the newest feature – Wow Factor.
Insert Wow Factor

Wow Factor in PowerPoint 2010

One click brings your choice of factor to your presentation! Choose between Cool and Wow Factor’s!

3. PowerPoint 2010 lets you bring PowerPoint to the Web

In PowerPoint 2010, a web app with the name "PowerPoint" brings with it certain expectations and responsibilities – expectations around user experience and visual fidelity and the responsibility to ensure that presentation content is kept intact as it moves between web and desktop and from user to user.

PowerPoint Web Apps are:
• Reading a presentation anywhere – either your own or one that was shared with you – with high-fidelity.
• Giving a standard presentation anywhere and to anyone.
• Sharing your presentation with others.
• Making key edits to the presentation anywhere.

4. PowerPoint 2010 help organize your presentation with sections

In PowerPoint 2010, you can use the new Sections feature to organize your slides, much like you would use folders to organize your files. You can use named sections to keep track of groups of slides, or you can assign sections to colleagues to make ownership clear during collaboration. If you’re starting with a blank slate, sections can even be used to outline the topics in your presentation.

Creating a section:

Add a section by clicking "Add Section" in the ribbon or the right-click context menu, and a section label appears for a slide or a group of slides.

Right-click the section label and select "Rename Section". Simply type a name for the section and it’s done! You can drag-and-drop sections, apply themes to a section, print a section, or go to a section during slide show.

If you have multiple sections and want a high-level overview of your presentation, click "Collapse All". You’ll see that your presentation immediately looks more manageable. You can expand individual sections to focus your attention and not worry about the other 100+ slides that are in the deck.

5. PowerPoint 2010: Unlimited Windows

PowerPoint 2010 frees the PowerPoint document windows from their multiple-document interface, or MDI, containing window. Now PowerPoint 2010 users will find their document windows much easier, much more intuitive to use.

Single-Document Interface, or SDI, windows display a separate, individually controlled window for each presentation you have open. There are benefits here that might not be immediately obvious. SDI windows make it easier to copy content between presentations, and are simply easier to use when you’re referencing information in presentations for use in another document.

6. PowerPoint 2010 offers new slide transitions
PowerPoint 2010 provides a whole new set of slide transitions, e.g. newly improved Transitions tab user interface and a new class of transitions called content transitions, while makes existing slide transitions render faster and look more realistic.
Here’s a quick look at some of the slide transitions you’ll see in PowerPoint 2010:

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