e102 – Is PowerPoint Collaboration in Microsoft Teams Good?

PowerPoint has touted its co-authoring and collaboration features for a few years. The Microsoft Teams integration has increased the features and the user base. We created a sample presentation, put it on Microsoft Teams and challenged ourselves to co-author the slide layouts and design. The experience was something memorable! But do we believe the hype that PowerPoint’s collaboration features are ready for prime use? Join us for a conversation about the pitfalls, surprises and successes of working together on a single slide deck!

More details on the process (it is a new way of working for many of us!):

  • Setup a custom Microsoft Teams, Team within the TLC Creative Services tennent, with Troy, Nolan and Sandy invited.

  • This 8 slide PowerPoint deck was uploaded:

  • No formatting, but design notes on slides and in PowerPoint comments.
  • No one was allowed to download and work on the file offline (but listen in as we describe the 3 ways to work on a presentation and keep it connected to the Microsoft Teams original file!).
  • After several learnings (eg. encountering problems), we ultimately turned our white background outline slide deck into this presentation:

In this episode we talk about our journey of working together, on the same slide deck. We talk about how to avoid designing in the web-based version of PowerPoint, tips on using PowerPoint comments, @mentions, and receiving email updates on the slide deck status. We talk about the speed of seeing others edits – and if was frustrating. We also talk about Microsoft cloud fonts, co-authoring the same slide all at the same time, and using the new Synchronize Changes feature!

TLC Creative has been using Microsoft Teams a lot and we developed this 1-sheet as a quick learning tool for the important real-world ways to work in MS Teams. PDF link is below for download!

Microsoft Teams How-To For Real Users (from TLC Creative Services)

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