Now users of office users can control presentations remotely using the new Office Remote, a Windows phone application.
For users to work using Office Remote, a Bluetooth-compatible PC, a downloadable desktop add-in and non retail version of Office 2013. With these installed users can work with Office documents, PowerPoint, Excel and Word during meeting or in front of a crowd. Van Hoof proudly mentioned that for a flawless presentation all it was needed was to open a Office project, pick up your phone and begin your pitch.
The app was developed jointly by Microsoft Research and Office engineering group. “It will free hosts from the confines of the podium, stage or laptops,” said Bert Van Hoof, Office Group Program Manager.
“The app lets you control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from across the room so you can walk around freely during presentations,” he added.
For effective control, the app features large buttons for pointing the direction (Front and Back) and one-touch access for other slides in the presentation. Other features includes speaker cues, timer and a progress indicator for effective management of the presentation.
Excel can make use of gesture based controls for viewing data between sheets by swiping and jumping between named object. Navigation between rows, zooming and use of Slicers, PivotTables and Filters can also be done through Office Remote.
Microsoft has increasingly focusing on entering into mobile devices and also making their app available on Apple and Android devices. The office Mobile app for iPhone was released on June 16, with the Android app being released a month later.
Even though the app is free, it is available only to office 365 subscribers.