Microsoft has been actively adding new features to its Office Online web apps in recent days, and the flood of new capabilities does not stop. Now, users can transform existing Word documents into fully-fledged PowerPoint presentations. A new "Transform" command is available to those using Word for Web.
Create a PowerPoint presentation from a Word document
To create a PowerPoint presentation from an existing Word document, you need to open it in Word for Web and click File – Transform – Transform to PowerPoint. Select a presentation design and watch the magic happen. After the transformation is finished, a new presentation will open in PowerPoint for Web, stored in the OneDrive root folder.
Microsoft uses artificial intelligence to determine which block of the text to include in a presentation. AI analyses the document, grabs summarized sections, adds images, icons, fonts, and other missing parts.
Do note that this feature is currently in preview, so expect some rough surfaces here and there. Also, there are several known issues you need to be aware of.
First, document transformation works only in English. It does not support Internet Explorer or Safari.
Second, the AI can only process text, so you will have to add your media manually.
Third, not all users can access this feature right now. It is rolling out to the First Release users and soon to all Office Online users.
Office Online is a web-based set of apps you can access from any browser completely for free. In contrast to Office for iPad, which allows editing documents for free only on devices with a screen size less than 10 inches, Office Online does not require a Microsoft 365 subscription. You can use it to work with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and other Office apps. The feature set is somewhat limited compared to fully-fledged Office apps on Windows, but it is more than enough for an average user. Office Online is a solid alternative to popular Google Docs, and Microsoft continually adds new features to make the service more attractive. Recent additions to Office online include Pinterest integration and interactive content support.
Source: Office Insiders.
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