Office Mix Add-On for PowerPoint Now Open to the Public
Following a short private preview of the Office Mix add-on, Microsoft is inviting Office 365 users to craft interactive PowerPoint presentations.Just weeks after rolling out a private preview of the Office Mix add-on for PowerPoint, Microsoft now is letting the general public take the technology for a spin. A company spokesperson alerted eWEEK in a May 8 email that "today we are announcing that the customer preview of Microsoft's Office Mix is publicly available." A new Office Mix Customer Preview Website invites all visitors to download the free add-on; Office Mix adds interactive and rich media features to PowerPoint presentations, and requires a PC with Office 365 or PowerPoint 2013. Microsoft first unveiled Office Mix last month. Initially aimed at educators, Office Mix is being billed as a way for teachers to quickly and cost-effectively create and share interactive digital lessons and quizzes using PowerPoint's familiar tools. Teachers can build presentations that blend captured video, pen input and interactive quizzes to engage students. Office Mix users "can also add content from interactive apps such as exercises and lessons from Khan Academy and CK-12 Foundation," said the spokesperson.
Tablet-optimized "mixes"—what the new type of PowerPoint presentation is called—are generated by the cloud when users upload their creations. After sharing a link to their mixes, users can then track usage statistics and view quiz results.