PowerPoint Updates 2016


At SOAP PowerPoint is our core tool. We are always looking for improvement and productivity innovation.


So we will summarize in the following paragraphs what’s new in Powerpoint in case you missed it.

We also have developed an ebook with tips and useful information on Powerpoint 2013.

Just click the image to download it for free.




If you were not aware, with the launch of windows 10 Microsoft made a pivotal change in the way they do their OS updates. Microsoft made a commitment to update monthly their productivity offering. Meaning that the Office Suite, Word, Excel, Powerpoint in the 365 format, will have updates every month. We wrote a post about this new feature in this  post, in case you haven’t read it yet.


All these new features and updates are only available to 365 subscribers.


So, with no further ado here are the latest updates in the recent months in Powerpoint:



Real Time Presence

This feature allows co-creation of a PowerPoint file. This feature allows you to share your Powerpoint deck and work together in real time, if you are a 365 subscriber and use the OneDrive or Office 365 Sharepoint. You can now not only see when people are working in the presentation, you can also see in which slide they are working on.




Ink Annotations

This feature is also present on Excel and Word. This was thought for touch enable devices but also works on desktop mode. You will now see a Draw Tab on the ribbon, where you can select inking styles and start making annotations directly in your files. In PowerPoint you can also convert your ink drawings to Shapes. That way you can get the freedom of free-form drawing with the uniformity and standardization of Office graphic shapes.







Black Theme

You can mow change the theme to Black. This will apply to all the Office Apps. To change your Office themes, go to FILE » Account, and then click the drop menu next to the Office Theme.


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Designer and Morph

Right before Christmas, Microsoft released 2 new productivity features. Designer and Morph. You can read in detail in our dedicated post about them, here. Or watch the video below to know how they work and they do.




Tell Me

PowerPoint 2016 has a text box on the ribbon that says “Tell me what you want to do”. This is a text field where you can enter words and phrases related to what you want to do next and quickly get to features you want to use or actions you want to perform.


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Six new Charts Types

Knowing the importance of visualization in the art of storytelling, Microsoft added six new charts. When you go to Insert » Chart on the ribbon, you’ll now notice five new options dedicated to data visualization: Box and Whisker, Treemap, Sunburst, Histogram and Waterfall.





You can now search the web without leaving the Office App you are working on. By right clicking a word or area, you can open the insights pane powered by Bing. Just select a word or phrase, right-click on it and choose Smart Lookup. You can also open the pane any time by going to review » Smart lookup and entering a query there.








Ink Equations

It is now much easier to include equations on PowerPoint. Any time you want to include a complex math equation on your presentation, go to insert » Equation» Ink Equation. As all that it is developed after Windows 10, its mobile first, so if you are in a touch device you can use your finger or a touch stylus to write math equations by hand, and PowerPoint will convert it to text.





Screen Sharing

You can now include screen recordings in your PowerPoint Presentations with just a few clicks. Set up what you want to record on your screen, then go to Insert » Screen recording, and you will be able to select a portion of your screen to record or capture what you need, insert it directly into your presentation in one seamless process.




Simpler sharing

This feature is also available for PowerPoint 2013 in the most recent update.

Choose the Share Tab on the ribbon to share your presentation with others on SharePoint and Onedrive, or OneDrive for Business.




This features caught our attention, but there are plenty more to look for.