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If you've ever hosted a conference call for training or to give a sales pitch, you know that you can only get so much across over the phone. If you e-mail your attendees your slideshow, you've no doubt run into these two problems; they can't open your file, or they just can't seem to stay in sync with you as you advance through your slides. PowerPoint 2010 solves both of these problems with one very slick feature, broadcasting your presentation. Let's demonstrate. When I am ready to get started, I choose the Slide Show tab from the Ribbon and click on Broadcast Slide Show.
If this is the first time you've done this, you're going to need to use your Windows Live login. And if you don't have one, you can click to Get a .NET Passport. You may already have one if you have a Hotmail account, or have used any of Microsoft's other similar services. Let me go ahead and Login. PowerPoint will connect back to Microsoft, securely uploading your file. It usually takes less than a minute. When it's done, this dialog box appears.
You can use it to send an invitational e-mail to your recipients, or you can copy and paste this URL and send it via Instant Messenger, post it on your blog, or publish it in any other way. Notice that when I click Send in Email, my Outlook Client appears with an e-mail ready to go. I can type in the recipient's e-mail address, change the subject, and possibly change the body. I'll click Send and send my message.
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Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.