Staring at your laptop, trying to make sense of the little blurred text in a Microsoft Teams slide may soon become a thing of the past thanks to a new update.
The video conferencing service is finally addressing one of the most annoying aspects of presenting online presentations with Teams by allowing users to zoom in or out on the slides they need.
Explained in the official Microsoft 365 roadmap (Opens in a new tab)The update will allow users to view a PowerPoint Live presentation in order to “specially zoom in on the slide,” and hopefully, will put an end to eye strain for good.
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The feature will also allow presenters to zoom in on specific segments of all meeting attendees, which can be useful not only for presentation purposes, but to help bring focus to specific areas or data points, for example in financial results or data comparisons.
The update, which is still listed as “in development” at the moment, has a general availability date scheduled for November 2022, and will be made available to Microsoft Teams users around the world when it launches.
It will be available to users of Microsoft Teams on desktop, web, iOS, Mac, and Android.
The launch marks the latest stage in the partnership between Microsoft Teams and PowerPoint Live as the company looks to facilitate close relationships between some of its most popular tools.
This includes the integration of Cameo and Recording Studio, two existing tools that Microsoft announced in 2021 that aim to help improve the PowerPoint experience by allowing additional customization and recording tools respectively.
Microsoft has also revealed a recording studio for PowerPoint which allows users to practice their presentations beforehand. The idea is that reviewing snapshots will help people hone their communication and identify any areas that need improvement before moving to Microsoft Teams.
The company also recently revealed its support for live slide translation in PowerPoint Live, which means slides can be translated instantly during a Microsoft Teams call. Both presenters and attendees can privately translate the content of the presentation by right-clicking on the presentation, which will bring up the “Translate Slides” option.