Microsoft: goodbye PowerPoint, hello Sway

PowerPoint became a victim of its own success and ubiquity. So Microsoft, under new CEO Satya Nadella, is making another big change: they are introducing an online, multimedia-rich presentation application called Sway. Sway will compete with Prezi, which got to this market, first. Sway is still in beta, but you

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How to insert videos in PowerPoint

Tutorial: how to insert videos in PowerPoint and format them, and how to embed videos from YouTube into PowerPoint. This tutorial works in any version of PowerPoint, and on both Windows and Mac. The full article, practice file and screencast is available for free on TutsPlus. Or you can watch

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Microsoft PowerPoint tutorial: How to Use and Edit Master Slides

When you have a PowerPoint file with a lot of slides, don’t format them individually. It’s time consuming, and too easy to apply formatting inconsistently. Instead, format the slide masters, and the masters will apply the formatting to the individual files. This tutorial works in any version of PowerPoint, and

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PowerPoint Slidefest begins tomorrow

Microsoft is having a competition for the best PowerPoint slide shows. Submissions begin this week! Even if you don’t have anything to submit, check out their list of DOs and DON’Ts and some tips and templates. It’s on Microsoft’s web site at

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Great Christmas present from Adobe

Back in June, I posted that if you’re running the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office, you couldn’t insert Flash movies, since the Flash player is only a 32-bit plug-in. Users of 64-bit Windows have also experienced a lot of problems when watching Flash videos, which is the format of most

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