Microsofts Presenter Coach, which helps you practice discussions, has actually been available on the web version of PowerPoint for a while now, but its finally concerning the desktop and mobile versions of the app. According to Microsoft, the function will now be readily available on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and, naturally, the web.
PowerPoint Presenter Coach listens to you while you practice a presentation out loud– it analyzes what youre stating, and can caution you if youre talking too quick or slow, using filler words like “um” or “ahh,” or just reading the words off the slide (a personal family pet peeve of mine). Trying it out on both PowerPoint for Windows and iOS, it worked shockingly well, doing basically everything Microsoft states it should. At the end it offers you a little report, informing you what you need to practice.
Together with the expanded availability, there are likewise some new methods that the feature can try to make your presentation better: it can look at body language (how close you are to the camera, if youre making eye contact or putting things in front of your face), and alert you if youre repeating words or stating them incorrect. And yes, it still informs you not to swear in your presentation.
When I tried it, the function didnt appear in the Mac version of the app, however I had the ability to utilize it on iOS. Microsoft was not instantly available for remark about when the feature would appear on the Mac, or on whether the vocal and video analysis was done on-device or in the cloud for the desktop and mobile variations.
For the privacy-conscious, though, it deserves noting that when I tried it in plane mode, it informed me I needed to connect to the web to utilize the training feature.
PowerPoint for web (seen here) censors the blasphemy, but the version for Windows hilariously doesnt.