PowerPoint in Education

Applied PowerPoint Studies for Learners

Saturday, April 27, 2013, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 5:25 am

Microsoft has been constantly implementing new changes in every release of their Microsoft Office suite, which has always included PowerPoint as one of the programs. The new PowerPoint 2013 has been updated with several updated features that include accessibility tweaks. Hopefully, this latest version enhances the user experience for the millions of folks who create PowerPoint slides. So, let’s go through a quick overview of the 4 best, new features added to PowerPoint 2013.

Presentation Gallery

what's new in powerpoint 2013

The first thing you’ll notice in PowerPoint 2013, is the number of new templates and effects added. We now have a Presentation Gallery which contains a bunch of themes, templates, and variants. This new version also provides an online search function by which the user can now search for a template that suits his or her presentation environment. Unlike in previous versions, you have options to manually change the color and style of elements in a template or theme — right from within the Presentation Gallery.

As we all know, the level of presentation that matters in PowerPoint (besides the quality of the speaker) is the quality of the design presented, and this new version of PowerPoint 2013 offers significant enough improvement in the design of slides, the ability to customize, and also the overall appearance.

Insert Online Videos, Images And Audios:


The new version of PowerPoint 2013 now allows you to import online videos into your current presentation. Users can now insert online videos from all video portals such as Youtube, Bing, Skydrive and embed any video from sites that provide embed codes for video.


Not just videos, but PowerPoint 2013 also provides the facility to browse images that are provided by Bing image search and import them directly into the current working presentation without having to use any external browser to surf for an image.

Export As WMV & MPEG-4 Video:

Export as video

This is a good news for the video makers who want to publish their presentations as video. As we all know that MPEG-4 is the most common video format which is supported in all the video playing devices, software and portals. Exporting the presentation into this format gives the user to carry the presentation and play it anywhere with a video player and that too without any need of Office or PowerPoint installed.

Share Documents Online and Edit in the Browser:

Share Presentations Online - Skydrive

Like all applications in the suite, PowerPoint 2013 has a strong emphasis on Skydrive and online collaboration. So, the user can edit or share the PowerPoint presentation among multiple users from anywhere in the world through a browser, which makes the new PowerPoint 2013 a better cloud application.

Note: We will be discussing about other new features of PowerPoint 2013 in a detailed way, in our upcoming tutorials.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 6:12 am

As most of us know, Microsoft’s Office suite is probably the world’s most frequently used bunch of programs. Some programs within Microsoft Office are over 25 years old – every few years, Microsoft releases an updated version of these programs that include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Continuing this legacy, Microsoft has recently released the latest incarnation of this suite called Microsoft Office 2013 . This new version of Office offers several tremendous features that are geared towards all sorts of users including businesses, students etc.

Where to get MS Office 2013 ?

There are several easy ways of obtaining your copy of Office 2013:

  1. Head over to Office.com, and download a trial of the full-featured edition of Office 2013 by using your Microsoft account and completing the registration procedure. Once your trial period is over, you can actually convert the trial into a full version by paying online through your credit card.Where To Get Office 2013?Note: What is a Microsoft account? If you have a Windows Live, Hotmail, MSN, Xbox, Zune, or any other similar Microsoft product account – then you already have a Microsoft account. Otherwise, it’s easy and free to create a Microsoft account.
  2. Rather than download from Office.com, you may be eligible for a full version of Office 2013 if you are a Technet or MSDN subscriber with product download benefits. Even if you do not have a subscription, you may still Download the Microsoft Office 2013 installer from the Technet website. Either way, you need to sign in with your Microsoft account – the trial version lets you evaluate Office 2013 for a period of 60 days.
    Where To Get Office 2013?
  3. Additionally, you can also get Office 2013 as part of a subscription – this is like renting software and you may get more than one license of Office 2013, depending upon which subscription level you choose. Microsoft’s subscription option for Office is called Office 365, and there are both pros and cons of choosing this option over your regular software purchase. The largest benefit is that your software is always up to date – and when Microsoft upgrades Office 2013 to the next version, you will not have to pay again to get that version. The disadvantage is that you will have to pay a small subscription amount every month – otherwise your software will stop working!

Note: For users who are still using Windows XP or Vista, Office 2013 will not install on your OS platform. This latest version is only compatible with Windows 7 and 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012. Additionally, it also works within Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets.

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