Microsoft Office Mix gets two new features — Slide Notes and Closed Captioning

Microsoft Office Mix gets two new features -- Slide Notes and Closed Captioning

Office Mix, or as we call it the “superset of PowerPoint,” turns your PowerPoints into interactive online lessons or presentations. Microsoft has unveiled two new features to Office Mix, making it better than ever to deliver compelling presentations.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve how you can use Office Mix to deliver a compelling presentation and better engage your audience. We’ve done just that with two vital additions to Office Mix, Slide Notes and Closed Captioning. Be prepared with Slide Notes,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.

Slide Notes

This new feature is like a teleprompter for recording a mix, allowing you to focus on connecting with your audience rather than worrying about what to say. This feature will definitely allow you to present yourself in a much more confident manner.

How to access this feature: “When you click the MIX tab in the PowerPoint ribbon, and then click the Record button, the recording view will open and the Slide Notes translucent text box is displayed at the top of your screen.”

Closed Captioning

Microsoft has added support for closed captioning in Office Mix, allowing you to observe and absorb presentations without being interrupted by the world around you. For example, now you can explore a mix while you are in a quiet library.

“Closed captioning allows you to observe and absorb presentations without interrupting or being interrupted by the world around you. It enhances the experience whether you are in a location that is busy and loud, like a subway or a public square, or tranquil like a library, or at home in front of the TV. Closed captioning can be effective in reinforcing key points or to improve your audience’s comprehension of the material,” Microsoft explains.

How to access this feature: Simply check the box to create a video when uploading a mix. Then, download the video and utilize a third-party service to create the TTML file from your video. Once you are done, go to your mix details, and upload the TTML file. Preview your mix to make sure it works.

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