by Adam Noar
There are many presentation tools out there, but here is one that could actually make your life much easier.
If you have a Windows Phone you can download this new app today straight from the Windows Phone app store, and the accompanying desktop add-in from the Microsoft Download Center.
What Does The Office Remote App Do?
As its name implies, Office Remote lets you use your Windows Phone 8 device as a remote for your Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 documents on your PC.
The app lets you control all your Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) from anywhere in the room.
This really comes in handy when you’re making PowerPoint presentations during meetings or in the boardroom. Take a look below to see how this presentation tool can come in handy, and even help improve your presentation skills, during your PowerPoint presentations.
Five Ways The Office Remote App Can Enhance Your PowerPoint Presentations:
1) Start your PowerPoint presentation from anywhere. Begin your presentation straight form your phone, anywhere in the room.
2) Advance your slides (forward or backward). Up until now, most people would have to hover around their laptop when cycling through their slides (using the right and left arrow keys on the laptop keyboard). With the Office Remote app, you have the freedom to walk around as you give your PowerPoint presentations, which will make you look and feel more relaxed. Remember, motion creates emotion!
3) View thumbnails and jump to a particular slide. If you have a presentation where you need to hop around quite a bit this can come in handy. Also, this feature can be useful, during the end of your presentation, when someone might ask you to return to a particular slide for further questions.
4) Access your presentation notes (privately on your phone) while viewing the presentation time and the progress of slides. This pretty much eliminates the need for paper note cards, and makes glancing at your notes much more discrete.
5) Control an on-screen “laser pointer” with your finger. This feature can useful when you need to direct your audience to particular area of a slide, and is much more accurate than shaky laser pointers (that you have to hold up and point directly at the screen).
Beyond PowerPoint presentations, the app also lets users scroll through Word documents or navigate Excel spreadsheets in much the same way.
Check out the video demo below to see this awesome presentation app in action …
What’s Required To Run The Office Remote App
1) You’ll need a Windows Phone 8 device with the app installed
2) Office 2013 (it works with all versions except for Office 2013 RT)
3) The desktop add-in
4) A Bluetooth-enabled PC
How To Install The Office Remote App
Setting up the Office Remote app is simple. Here are the steps …
Step 1: On your PC, download the Microsoft Office Remote PC Setup software and install it.
Step 2: Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your PC and Windows Phone 8, and that they’re paired with each other
Step 3: On your PC, launch the Office document you want to access, then go to the Office Remote tab. Click on Office Remote, then select Turn On.
Step 4: After you’ve installed Office Remote on your Windows Phone 8, open the app, then connect to your paired PC from the list. Once connected, you’ll see your open document(s). Select one to interact with that document.
Once you’re all set up, all you need to do is open the specific PowerPoint presentation file you want to pull up, pick up your phone, and start the show.
A Taste Of Things To Come From Microsoft? …
Office Remote was created thanks to an ongoing collaboration between Microsoft Research and the Microsoft Office engineering team. The company says the two have been working together to enable a “more natural, seamless interaction across multiple screens and devices to help people create and communicate content more effectively.”
The folks over at Microsoft also say this new application represents only the “first step” in reaching a “diverse society of devices.” This, the company says, occurs when “you use not only the right device for the task at hand, but, potentially, also use multiple devices together to make it easier to achieve your goals.”
Personally, I’m excited to see where this collaborative effort goes, and feel that PowerPoint presentations with Office just got a bit easier for Windows Phone users. Presentation tools, such as this, not only make giving a presentation much easier, but they also enhance your presentation skills because it allows you to relax and move more freely while your talking (which improves your confidence and energy).
This is exactly what Microsoft needs to be doing in order to stay competitive. While I’m sure many iPhone and Android owners are hoping that this app soon becomes available on those systems, I could see Microsoft keeping this app exclusive (to the Windows Phone) for some time in order to grow their own platform.
Here’s my question for you …
After learning a bit about the Windows Office Remote application, do you think you would be willing to use this tool for your PowerPoint presentations? If you don’t currently have a Windows Phone would you consider switching phones for this new technology? Do you think presentation tools, like this, will enhance your presentation skills?
Let me know what you think below and please try to be specific as possible.
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