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Introducing Webinars and PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams

By 24th June 2021 One Comment

Last month Microsoft announced more exciting updates to Microsoft Teams – Webinars and PowerPoint Live, with the additional Presenter mode. With these new skills, you and your employees can deliver sophisticated, specialized presentations for meetings of all sizes, from modest internal meetings to huge customer-facing webinars and events and all from a single presentation. 

What’s more, you won’t need to acquire a new product or license. These new features are incorporated in many of the Office and Microsoft 365 plans that your business uses today and there are no hidden costs or charges. 

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Featured-packed webinars for powerful customer engagements 

You can now arrange and hold collaborative meetings and webinars for up to 1,000 participants with Teams. Apply end-to-end webinar support that’s as easy to use as setting up a Teams meeting – including guest emails and custom registration pages, strong presentation options and host controls, such as the capability to restrict attendee chat and video, whilst also post-event reporting to follow up with the participants and continue customer engagement. 

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Anyone can present like a professional 

Using PowerPoint Live and Presenter modein Microsoft Teams, anyone, regardless of their skill level, can present impressive and arresting presentations delivered in an experienced way to your audience. 

By joining Microsoft’s long history with presenter experiences in PowerPoint and the collaboration with Teams, those presenting can rest assured that they will feel more confident and capable during online presentations, due to the fact you will be able to view future slides, your notes, the meeting conversation, and the audience in a single view whilst you’re presenting. 

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The Presenter mode enables presenters to modify how their video feed and the content will be shown to the audience through the three options available. Firstly, Standout mode, displays the speaker’s video feed as a silhouette in front of the shared content; Reporter mode shows the content in the form of a visual aid placed above the speaker’s shoulder, comparable to a news broadcast; and finally, Side-by-side mode shows the presenter’s video feed along with their content as they present.  

Meanwhile, the participants can customize their own experience by confidentially navigating the content at their own speed or by using screen readers to make the content more accessible. Another feature that’s coming soon, slide translation capabilities will also make the experience more customisable by enabling those who attend to select their native language and automatically have slides translated for them. 

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Maintain engagement with the participants after your webinar 

Remember a webinar is just one point of contact to engage with your customers. After the event has ended, you can easily access the reporting to bring the participant information into your customer relationship management (CRM) applications to follow up and for lead management. 

Not only that but Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing customers can also export participant data straight from Teams to automatically create campaigns and customer journeys. 

If you are not sure how best to deliver your next webinar/event or are interested in exploring all of Microsoft Teams exciting features, then get in touch with us today and see how we can help you and your business get the most out of your technology and aiding you on your journey to digital transformation. 

 

Sharon Sumner

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