Microsoft is working on an update to collaboration platform Teams that should help take some of the pain out of the virtual presentations.
On a new entry (opens in new tab) to its product roadmap, the company revealed that Microsoft Teams users will soon benefit from the introduction of Cameo live powerpointthe service’s integrated presentation tool.
The new integration will enhance the existing offering, allowing presenters to integrate their webcam feed into your slide deck, resulting in a more polished and engaging presentation.
Cameo in PowerPoint live
Since the start of the pandemic, Microsoft has been experimenting with a number of new ways to improve the virtual presentation experience in an attempt to help people make the most of this now-pervasive medium.
The aim was probably also to protect against competition from video conference rivals like Zoom, as well as advances in specialized presentation platforms like Prezi.
The Cameo feature for PowerPoint Live was first announced by Microsoft in September 2021 and later previewed to members of the Office Insider program earlier this year. Now, the company has revealed that the feature is expected to roll out to all users by the end of August.
As described in a Microsoft blog post (opens in new tab), Cameo “allows you to seamlessly embed live camera feeds into your slides as part of your presentation. You can use this feature to create a more immersive experience for your audience. It can also help you be more prepared for your live performance.”
“Cameo gives you full control of live camera feeds in PowerPoint. Just like any other image, you can move, resize, crop and apply transitions or styles to the camera feed.”
The arrival of Cameo for PowerPoint Live will build on an existing foundation established by several other presentation-focused updates for Microsoft Teams.
For example, Microsoft recently announced a new “collaborative annotation” designed to introduce a greater level of interactivity and an update that arms presenters with more granular video controls.
While virtual presentations remain a chore for many, Microsoft hopes these latest additions to Teams will take at least some of the chore out.