Microsoft talks about theme families in PowerPoint 2013

Microsoft launched the preview version of Office 2013 not too long ago, and that of course included a new version of its PowerPoint 2013 slide creation and presentation tool. Now Microsoft is talking about some of the new features it has put into PowerPoint 2013.

In a new post on the official PowerPoint blog, Microsoft says that one of the new features is the concept of theme families. While there are eight different themes that users of the preview version of PowerPoint 2013 can use, each theme also has a number of different variants and colors to choose from.

Microsoft states:

We designed theme families so that variants have complete control over all elements of the presentation’s design – colors, fonts, effects, layouts, text properties, paragraph properties, design elements, and photos and textures.

Microsoft says this new feature offers more variety for PowerPoint presentations without the user having to change the basic style. Heavy users of PowerPoint 2013 can use the software's slide master to change most anything in a theme's color, font, or shape. While there are just eight main themes in the preview version, Microsoft plans to add more for users to download in the future, along with new variants on existing themes.

Source: PowerPoint blog | Image via Microsoft

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BajiRav said,
Office blog trying too hard to be like the Windows blog to generate interest?

Why not? There's an awful lot of people using PowerPoint.

BajiRav said,
Office blog trying too hard to be like the Windows blog to generate interest?

Trying too hard? Are you suggesting they shouldn't post regular blog entries in order to try to generate interest? Personally, I believe it makes sense for a company to market their product as effectively as possible, so I am interested as to why you believe they shouldn't post regular blog posts to try to generate interest in their new product.

Calum said,

Trying too hard? Are you suggesting they shouldn't post regular blog entries in order to try to generate interest? Personally, I believe it makes sense for a company to market their product as effectively as possible, so I am interested as to why you believe they shouldn't post regular blog posts to try to generate interest in their new product.

I don't mind them blogging but Office doesn't have as much following as Windows does. You only need to look at the average count of comments on their posts.
The features they are blogging about are trivial and nothing exciting. I might be wrong on this because I haven't followed the blog much even though I am using Office 2013 at home. I read summary of most posts on Neowin and that has not generated any excitement for me.

BajiRav said,

I don't mind them blogging but Office doesn't have as much following as Windows does. You only need to look at the average count of comments on their posts.
The features they are blogging about are trivial and nothing exciting. I might be wrong on this because I haven't followed the blog much even though I am using Office 2013 at home. I read summary of most posts on Neowin and that has not generated any excitement for me.

doesn't mean they should stop blogging about it. Blogging and having a little audience is better than not blogging and continuing to be nonexistent (the blog, of course, not Office as a product)

BajiRav said,
Office blog trying too hard to be like the Windows blog to generate interest?

Uh, I found their blog post pretty darn enlightening. It was nice to see there was some thought into giving a wide variety of control in PowerPoint design choices. Including what appears to be awesome templates and "safe" choices they created with their designers. Just because you don't find it interesting doesn't mean others don't.