You can now broadcast a PowerPoint presentation in real time over the Web, allowing people to view your presentation regardless of their geographical location. The new Broadcast Slide Show feature is located on the Start Slide Show group of the Slide Show Ribbon. What’s nice about this feature is no setup is required ñ just click the Start Broadcast button and your presentation is uploaded to Microsoft’s servers. This feature is ideal for a conference call type of setting. You will need to sign in in using your Windows Live login (this is the same as your Hotmail account login). If you don’t have one, click the Get a .NET Passport and follow the instructions.
Once you upload your presentation, you will be provided a link to your presentation that your audience can access from their Web browser. The link will only be work when the presentation is active. Once you click Start Slide Show, your audience will be able to view your presentation via their Web browser. As you advance through the presentation, the presentation will advance in their Web browser. Once you close the window, your audience will no longer be able to view your presentation.
It is important to note that any audio or video that are part of your presentation are not available during an online broadcast. You also cannot use the pen or highlight features while broadcasting live.
To Enter Settings for an Online Broadcast:
- Click the File tab and click Save & Send.
- Click Broadcast Slide Show in the center pane.
- Click the Broadcast Slide Show button in the right pane.
- Click the Start Broadcast button.
- Sign in to the broadcast service using your Windows Live credentials.
- Once you are logged in and your broadcast is prepared, a dialog box will appear with a link to your broadcast.
- Click Copy Link to copy the link to the clipboard (which you can then post to your blog, Web Site or send to your audience in an e-mail)
Click Send in Email to automatically insert the link into the body of an Email message.
- Click Start Slide Show. Your audience will now be able to view your presentation via their Web browser.
- When finished, click Esc to exit Slide Show view.
- Click End Broadcast to terminate the presentation.