Launch an Online Meeting from PowerPoint
There are now many ways you can share your presentation over the Web. Participants can join you on any device from any location using the Office Presentation Service (free Microsoft service) or Skype for Business (formerly called Lync). If using Lync meeting they have access to the slide deck with IM and audio. You can also send a link to the slides.
Use Office Presentation Service
The only thing you need to share your masterpiece is a free Microsoft account, such as Hotmail, Outlook.com, MSN, Live, Xbox or OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive). If you don’t have one yet, go to www.onedrive.com and create a free account. That way, you will also have several gigabytes of free cloud storage for your use!
In PowerPoint, close any open presentations that you don’t want to share, then:
- Click File/Share/Present Online
- Click the check box for Enable remote viewers to download the presentation
- Click Present Online icon.
To send your meeting invitation to attendees, choose one of these methods:
- Copy link and paste it somewhere others can access it
- Send in email
Note: You can’t email your presentation directly from PowerPoint on a Windows RT PC. Instead, open your email program, create an email, and attach the presentation.
When you are ready to start your presentation, click Start Presentation.
To end your online presentation, press ESC to get out of Slide Show View, and then click End Online Presentation on the Present Online tab,
Click End Online Presentation button to confirm that you want to end the presentation and disconnect.
Use Skype for Business to Join or Share Presentations
You can schedule an online meeting ahead of time or start a meeting immediately within PowerPoint using Skype for Business. You need to have a microphone connected to your PC, so you can speak to your meeting attendees.
Note: This feature isn’t available in Office on a Windows RT PC.
Click the drop down arrow on Present Online on the Slide Show tab. If you don’t have Skype for Business installed, it will not appear in the Present Online dropdown list. (You will only see Office Presentation Service).
A list of active Skype for Business conversations and scheduled Skype for Business meetings (within 30 minutes) will appear or you can start a new meeting immediately.
In the list, pick a scheduled meeting or click Start a new Skype Meeting, and then click OK.
Begin a new meeting, by choosing Invite More People. Choose contacts from the contacts list or type each name in the box, and then click Select under Invite by Name or Phone Number.
Begin your presentation.
NOTE: Use the icons to manage audio devices and sound, video, and the content you want to share. Icon colors alert to status. If blue, means actively using, dark grey is available, and light grey means that function is not available.
More to come in other ways to share a PowerPoint presentation. Office 2016 had added new features. Stay tuned!