Microsoft posts PowerPoint 2010 slideshow teaser

Microsoft's upcoming Office 2010 suite packs some excellent new improvements; each of the various applications has had significant improvements, and now we've been shown a teaser of the presentations capable in the new PowerPoint, from Microsoft itself. Specifically, the video shows off the DirectX integration within the application, which helps with creating much more impressive presentations.

In the video, it shows the vast amount of new effects available, all of which are vastly improved over the older version of the software. As a few people have pointed out, the effects bring PowerPoint to the same level as that of Apple's Keynote software, which is most certainly a good thing. According to the PowerPoint team's blog, the new version will be packing the following:

  • Fully hardware-accelerated rendering engine
  • New transition effects and an updated user interface
  • Revamped animation effects and a brand new UI (timelines!)
  • Animation Painter (copy your animations between objects)
  • Choreograph animations with multimedia
We've included the video below, in a nice high definition format, so please enjoy and comment with your thoughts.

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Unless I'm seriously missing something, I don't see how various elements of this movie can be easily achieved by a Joe Bloggs user with PowerPoint 2010?

They also need to have all slide transitions available as object animations and vice versa.

I would also wager that all the people that *hate* PowerPoint presentations would love to see if they can do better ones, given a good-enough toolset. (That was very much the case before I got my keyboard on PowerPoint 2000, the last major revision of PowerPoint.). One thing that doesn't help with some of the more awful presentations is the lack of audio in most of them. (Audio has been usable as an aid in presentations since PowerPoint 97; for everything from slide changes to bullet-points. Yet how many presentations actually use it?)

s3n4te said,
A good speaker > Powerpoint effects & Keynote presentations

Yes but if you've got something to show then a good or a bad slide-show can make it or break it.

I've seen some good speakers who bring along a black and white presentation, with times new roman and crammed full of text. A good slide-show aids the talk, not is the talk.

My biggest complaint about Powerpoint to date is the horrid in-presentation video support. It usually has to do with the fact that the videos play find on the computer monitor, but when hooked up to a projector everything falls apart. Usually due to those damn hardware video overlays preventing video to be played on two screens at once. Microsoft really needs to address that particular failure because every-other presentation I've been to is always ****ing with video not playing properly in a presentation.

I believe this is fixed in PowerPoint 2010. Video has finally become a first-class citizen in PowerPoint, and you're now able to trim, transform, and apply effects to video just as you would text or images.

I doubt Microsoft will ever "out-eye-candy" Apple. I'd settle for Microsoft not blatantly ripping Apple off. Zune, Zune HD, Microsoft Stores, Guru Bars. MSFT has *got* to have some of it's own ideas to implement in there somewhere, right?

vince.macintyre said,
I doubt Microsoft will ever "out-eye-candy" Apple. I'd settle for Microsoft not blatantly ripping Apple off. Zune, Zune HD, Microsoft Stores, Guru Bars. MSFT has *got* to have some of it's own ideas to implement in there somewhere, right?

Can't beat em' join em'? Just because Microsoft decided to make a PMP doesn't mean they ripped off Apple. Zune is leaps and bounds ahead from iPod Classic and we are about to see if Zune HD is leaps and bounds ahead from iPod Touch. Still, there are lots of portable music and video players and the whole market would actually look a lot better for the consumer if all the players 'ripped off' the good ideas from the competition.

As has been said above a few times, people will continue to make bad presentations no matter how good the tools become. I have sat through way to many stinkers and every time a laptop and projector gets rolled out at training or at a meeting my heart sinks.

saxondale. said,
Very nice. This could possibly compete against Keynote.

Except Office 2010 is only for Windows as far as we know, and Keynote is Mac-only...

Nothing better than flashy effects to totally distract your audience from what you're talking about...

Sometimes I wish PowerPoint had never been invented. Some of the worst experiences of my life have been in PowerPoint presentations.

what said,
Nothing better than flashy effects to totally distract your audience from what you're talking about...

Sometimes I wish PowerPoint had never been invented. Some of the worst experiences of my life have been in PowerPoint presentations.


Well then you have obviously never seen a good PowerPoint presentation If you do it all right and stick to fade or something subtle as a slide transition you can do amazing things with PowerPoint.

The key to a good PPT is to use as much images as possible and to minimize the amount of text. Most PPT's I make only have titles on slides and maybe a very small amount of data somewhere, and 90% of the audience likes them.

Ambroos said,

Well then you have obviously never seen a good PowerPoint presentation If you do it all right and stick to fade or something subtle as a slide transition you can do amazing things with PowerPoint.

The key to a good PPT is to use as much images as possible and to minimize the amount of text. Most PPT's I make only have titles on slides and maybe a very small amount of data somewhere, and 90% of the audience likes them.


No, PowerPoints are just ****ing boring. Any presentation is. Give me something to do and I can learn it by myself. I don't learn from presentations.

what said,
Nothing better than flashy effects to totally distract your audience from what you're talking about...

Sometimes I wish PowerPoint had never been invented. Some of the worst experiences of my life have been in PowerPoint presentations.

Then you have been to some prity aweful presentations

Well yes, considering there's no such thing as a good PowerPoint. If you need a PowerPoint presentation in the background, it's an instant indication that the content is going to be dull.

Some nice new stuff here. I wouldn't have opened with the photo filters of the beach shot, that was by far the least impressive feature.

Sadly, most people will continue to use it like they always have (i.e., poorly) and not make use of any of the new features.

I agree that PowerPoint is finally moving into the realm of Apple's Keynote. I hope they fix their dreadful approach to transparency. But then Apple's not one to keep quiet, who knows what the 2010 version of iWork will bring to the table. Word and Excel will likely stay out of reach, but Keynote has been one-upping PowerPoint for a few years now. Time will tell.

vince.macintyre said,
I agree that PowerPoint is finally moving into the realm of Apple's Keynote. I hope they fix their dreadful approach to transparency. But then Apple's not one to keep quiet, who knows what the 2010 version of iWork will bring to the table. Word and Excel will likely stay out of reach, but Keynote has been one-upping PowerPoint for a few years now. Time will tell.


Having used both, Keynote is good; however, Keynote could afford to be tightly married to OS X, which is *itself* tightly wedded to a semi-closed platform. (Semi-closed because the Mac platform used to be more open prior to Apple *locking the barn door* and forbidding clones.) PowerPoint, like Office itself, is a Windows (mostly) application, and has to deal with the myriad different combinations of hardware possible under Windows. Heck, there are different things thatn can be done with the same version of PowerPoint, and they will differ according to *what version of Windows* you're running, even if the hardware itself is identical.

Now, even the base hardware is more powerful than it was when Office 2007, let alone 2000 (the last major revision of PowerPoint) launched; even better, there is a 64-bit version of PowerPoint. (KeyNote was designed by Apple to be a driver of 64-bit application development for the Mac. Guess what Microsoft wants to due with Office 2010.)

And hopefully if Microsoft is smart they will try to add all of those nice 3d transitions to Windows Live Movie Maker Wave 4. That would add an awesome amount of bringing the ecosystem together.

Afterall both Windows Live Movie Maker and those transition effects are built off of Direct X

I think Powerpoint 2010 will add a nice new set of tools and capabilities for presentations - most of which will be abused.

Making a good presentation will still be about having the tools AND using them in a tasteful manner. The presentation should never supercede the content.

Relativity_17 said,
I think Powerpoint 2010 will add a nice new set of tools and capabilities for presentations - most of which will be abused.

Making a good presentation will still be about having the tools AND using them in a tasteful manner. The presentation should never supercede the content.

You mean a great presentation isn't about taking 48px clipart, blowing it up to a ridiculously pixelated 400px, then animating it around the screen at a headache inducing, super choppy 8fps?

geoken said,

You mean a great presentation isn't about taking 48px clipart, blowing it up to a ridiculously pixelated 400px, then animating it around the screen at a headache inducing, super choppy 8fps?


don't forget the sounds!

Looking very good, for me, Power Point is the most commonly used application within the office suite and these new improvements will be very welcomed.

what? Do you mean "a" keynote presentation or "the" keynote presentation for Office 2010. If you are talking about "the" keynote presentation for Office 2010 then no, I did not see it. If you are talking "a" keynote presentation, then I wasn't refering to that. I was refering to the different things powerpoint was able to do in this powerpoint video.

And you clearly didn't watch the video above. Not everything on Neowin has to turn into a war against Apple but thanks for degrading the conversation to that anyway. Next time, try to focus on the actual topic.

QuarterSwede said,
You obviously haven't seen a Keynote presentation.

Sure I have. I always was annoyed that I had to fire up the Mac at work to make a decent slideshow and then drag a Macbook down to the auditorium and hook it up to the podium to play it. Now I will be able to use native MS apps on the podium PCs and not have to mess with dragging laptops around.