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Microsoft Introduces Presenter Coach AI To Android PowerPoint

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Presenter Coach AI is now available in PowerPoint for Android, according to a recently reported announcement from Microsoft. That means that users can now get real-time in-depth coaching for their slideshow presentations on-the-go. And it’s available in both the Microsoft PowerPoint app and the Microsoft Office app.

The tool is driven by AI and effectively listens in as users rehearse their presentations aloud. On-screen, as the presentation is being read, guidance is offered. That pertains to pacing, whether or not the user is reading too much from notes, and whether or not too many filler words or phrases are used. It also catches things like profanity, guides on inclusive language use, and watches for “culturally insensitive phrases.”

After the session is finished, the Presenter Coach on Android provides a detailed report to help users practice further. The end goal, of course, is to ensure that users are getting better at giving presentations.

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How do you find Microsoft’s new Presenter Coach on Android?

Getting to Presenter Coach on Android isn’t a difficult task. Users will first need one of the above-mentioned applications installed. And it doesn’t appear as though a subscription to Microsoft’s services or even an account is required. While not signed in, the features are undoubtedly limited, as denoted by the word “(Preview)” in the feature. But it’s not immediately clear how limited it is.

Setting that aside, getting to the feature couldn’t be easier. Once the app in question is opened, users will need to load up the presentation they’d like to practice. Or create one, if there isn’t one ready to go.

After preparing, users should move into a quiet room or space so that the tool can hear the speech properly.

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Tapping on the overflow menu at the top-right-hand side of the UI will reveal the “Rehearse with Coach” option. The coach loads up with a timer counting down when to start. Then users simply walk through their presentation just as they would if they were speaking to a room of colleagues or in a virtual meeting.

To end the session, users will need to press the stop icon. But there’s a pause button that can be used too if at any point the presentation needs to be halted momentarily.

There are, of course, limitations

As noted already, it’s not immediately clear from Microsoft’s announcement whether or not Presenter Coach on Android is going to cost money for users. It doesn’t appear to rely on a subscription in the app. That doesn’t mean it won’t eventually ask for one. But the biggest caveat for mobile users is going to be the final report at the end of the presentation. Especially if a presentation is going to need a lot of changes.

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The final results can be viewed and scrolled through easily enough, allowing users to set practical goals to improve the presentation. And their presentation of it. But that can’t be saved on mobile like it can on desktop variants of the tool. It’s not clear whether or not Microsoft intends to change that either. For now, users will need to screenshot their results if they want to save them.

The tool also only works in English, at least for the time being. But it should serve as a great starting point regardless of whether a user wants to improve their presenter skills for work, school, or any other purpose.