Microsoft Office Adds Sway Presentation Tool

Microsoft Office Adds Sway Presentation Tool

By Chris Crum October 1, 2014

Microsoft announced a new app called Sway, which is part of its Office portfolio. It’s basically a new presentation tool, which lets you add content from your OneDrive account, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other sources to keep track of your …

Google Lets You Add Tables in Presentations Now

Google has added the ability to include tables in presentations in Google Docs. The feature has apparently been in high demand, and the company says they really wanted it too.

Users can insert a table into their presentation, then easily add, select, and resize rows and columns, format and align text across the table, and set background colors for cells and borders. Rows will resize themselves to fit content.  Google provides the following example table:

Google to be More Transparent in 2009

Matt Cutts of Google’s Search Quality Team made a post on the Google Webmaster Blog indicating that a goal of his this year is to make Google more transparent and to communicate more.

Gmail Previews PowerPoint Files
Gmail added a new feature last week: a PowerPoint viewer. Now, if someone emails you a PowerPoint presentation (.PPT or .PPS file) as an email attachment, you can click a View As HTML or View As Slideshow link to view that file in your web browser.

Presumably, this takes advantage of features developed for Google Docs’ upcoming Google Presentations software, which is supposed to release sometime this summer, or even uses some of the tech acquired from Tonic Systems earlier this year.

Google Apps Not Ready For Prime Time

Judging by one domain administrator’s experience with Google Apps and email, Google’s claims that it is not competing with Microsoft for the productivity space has a ring of truth.

Demo of Google’s Powerpoint-like Tool
Tonic Systems has a demo of their TonicPoint presentations software, the software Google has just purchased to become its presentations software. Enjoy!

Google Drinks Tonic, Readies Presentations

Google added another piece to their Frankenstein-ish productivity suite by acquiring Tonic Systems for its technology, which will allow Google to add a PowerPoint competitor to its Docs & Spreadsheets product.

Using Numbers for Effective Presentations
My friend Darcy at Fair Isaac Corporation shared a fascinating tip with me for making more effective presentations. This is something I had never really thought about. He says that publishers have long been aware of the power of numbers in grabbing people’s attention. Think about titles of popular books such as "1,000 Places To See Before You Die" and "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People."

Television does it with their countdown shows and websites do it with lists: "AFI’s 100 Greatest American Movies" or "VH1’s 100 Greatest Kid Stars."

Modern Marketing and Change

Three years ago Jeff Jarvis was kind enough to share one of his presentations with me about the changing trends in media. 

It provided a wonderful insight into the US market in 2004. 

European Expansion for MySpace

MySpace.com, the online social network, is often a topic I include in presentations and workshops about social media and social computing.

Oracle OpenWorld – OAUG Call for Presentations

I got a mail from the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) the other day informing me of their call for papers for Oracle OpenWorld, being run at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA USA from October 22-26, 2006.

Trying a New Approach to Presentations

Several years ago, I saw a presentation at a conference in which the presenter used web pages in a browser instead of Powerpoint (or any of its kin).

Final Presentations, The Finish Line

After days or weeks of preparation, after a strong presentation, don’t drop the ball as you near the finish line. How you follow up after your sales presentation will help you get across the line.

How to Convert PowerPoint to Flash Manually
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Converting PowerPoint to Flash would absolutely be a good choice to distribute your bulky PowerPoint Presentation.

PC Forum Company Presentations

Trumba: It’s not easy being me. You wouldn’t know that from looking at my outlook calendar. Trumba is not just a personal calendar or group calendar we help people build calendar networks across communities.

Video Learning About Trackbacks and del.icio.us

You all know what trackbacks are, right? The pings that you set up between a post on your blog with a post on someone else’s blog in order to link the two …

Creating Great Charts for Persuasive Trade Show Presentations

A well-designed chart can be one of the most persuasive elements of your trade show booth display and literature. It illustrates to your customers why your product is the obvious solution to one of their specific needs. It can communicate major benefits or features more clearly than words can.