PowerPoint AI gets an upgrade and Designer surpasses a major milestone of 1 billion slides

Let's face it: presentations can be stressful. You have a goal and you want to succeed, and that is when fear, stress and discomfort become real. Are you ready? Will your presentation help you land your message? Can you deliver the presentation effectively and in a way that maximizes your success? These are real emotions that many people face when they are asked to make a presentation.

A few years ago, the PowerPoint team opted for artificial intelligence (AI) and began the effort of the PowerPoint Designer. We aim to help our clients overcome some of the fears surrounding the construction of an effective slide by offering suggested slide designs. We start by making the photo slides convincing, and eventually add capabilities to transform the text slides into their more visual, and hopefully shocking, counterparts, such as process diagrams and deadlines. More recently, we began to complement the text with iconography.

Today, we are pleased to share that not only have we reached an important milestone in the use of PowerPoint Designer, but we are also announcing new Designer capabilities that suggest high-quality content for startup. Creation and provides perspective suggestions for quantitative content. And yes, in a moment of "but wait, there's more," we're ready to share that our AI effort is moving beyond the designer, with our new presenter trainer, aimed at helping our users build confidence in their presentation skills.

Designer in PowerPoint crosses the mark of one billion slides

Each day, Designer offers millions of slide suggestions to PowerPoint users. When someone chooses to insert a design suggestion, we know that we have provided value. In fact, the adoption rate of these slides has grown astronomically in recent years, and in April 2019, we reached an important milestone of 1 billion slides created with Designer since its launch

Taking advantage of our momentum, today we announce several new capabilities in Designer that allow people from large companies and small and medium enterprises to use brand templates and support them. They do not have a brand template to quickly start with topic ideas. These new capabilities are designed to help people make effective slides and presentations with a minimum of time and effort while staying in their creative flow.

Get smart design recommendations and stay in touch with the Designer brand with branded templates

One of our customers The biggest question for customers has been to make Designer run smoothly with the brand templates of the company. With the launch of Designer for brand templates, companies can now ensure that the design recommendations that people see meet the guidelines for visual identity and corporate branding.

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When working with brand templates, the Design Ideas that people see are created directly from the designs in the Slide Master, using the content of the user's slides. The designer's AI chooses the most suitable designs for the content, trims the images intelligently and automatically recommends the relevant icons and images. Organizations can design their templates for optimal Designer support, expanding the options available to their users.

In today's fast-paced work environments, people are pressed for time, and AI-based functions such as Designer help people create visually appealing and immersive presentations. with only a few clicks. Now users can get this simplified experience while working with the templates of their organizations, using brand designs instead of having to improvise. Designer for branded templates is currently available to Office 365 Insiders subscribers for Windows 10 and Mac.

Easily create beautiful covers from scratch with ideas from Designer themes

For people who do not have a template brand but want Start quickly and easily, we are introducing ideas of topics in Designer. Now starting a presentation is easier than ever. When you open a blank presentation and enter words on the slide, Designer recommends a selection of new high-quality photographs that reflect the text of the slide, along with theme styles and complementary colors. These photos are licensed for commercial use and are combined with one of the high-quality PowerPoint themes and the corresponding color palette to easily create visually stunning presentations with minimal effort.

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Ideas for Designer themes are now being deployed in PowerPoint for Windows, Mac, and on the web for Office 365 subscribers.

Make data easy to understand by adding Designer perspectives to your slides

The presentation of data in slide covers can be difficult because people have difficulty conceptualizing large and unknown measurements. Studies published by Microsoft Research have shown that adding relatable references for large numerical values ​​makes information easier to understand and increases retention. That's why we added this capability in PowerPoint Designer!

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Thanks to an integration with the perspective engine of Microsoft Research, the designer can now recognize when a slide contains a large number that can be difficult to interpret and put in context by automatically increasing the text with the corresponding perspective . With the additions of perspectives, Designer makes number slides more digestible and helps presenters to transmit their information effectively. For example: the size of Afghanistan, which is 652,232 km², is difficult to interpret, but adding that it is "almost equal to the size of Texas" makes it easily understandable. These relative measures now appear automatically in Designer.

The designer's perspectives are currently being extended to Office 365 subscribers. The designer's perspectives are currently only available in English.

Code your next presentation with Presenter Coach in PowerPoint for the web

From the classrooms to the boardrooms, we believe that everyone can improve their presentation. Training and feedback help people gain confidence and allow them to achieve their personal and professional goals. In recent years, we have received comments from educators, students and clients that people want an easy way to practice their presentations to improve their public speaking skills.

Today, we are announcing the next availability of Presenter Coach in PowerPoint. Presenting in front of a live audience is a vital life skill. Based on academic research and field studies, we have integrated the best presentation practices in Presenter Coach to help people give more effective presentations.

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This function allows you to enter the rehearsal mode and, while speaking, receives on-screen guidance on rhythm, inclusive language, use of fill-in words and culture-insensitive phrases. It even lets you know when you have just read the slide. At the end of each test session, a detailed report with metrics is provided for further practice. Presenter Coach will be available in PowerPoint for the web later this summer.

We are delighted to offer these new capabilities to our customers and we look forward to your continued feedback to help us improve PowerPoint. Thanks for your help on our incredible trip.

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