Microsoft 365 Copilot in PowerPoint presentations

4 min read — by Akash Choudhary

Imagine a game-changing software that can write your emails, analyze financial reports, and take meeting notes for you. This remarkable innovation is Microsoft's latest announcement in its Office apps, offering enhanced productivity and efficiency. In this blog post, we'll dive into the details of Copilot, its implications for PowerPoint users, and the significance of human involvement in the process of creating presentations.

Understanding Microsoft 365 Copilot

Microsoft 365 Copilot is an AI assistant that seamlessly integrates with Microsoft 365 apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and a suite of other essential tools. By reducing repetitive tasks, it aims to streamline work and allow for the allocation of resources towards more strategic and creative work.

The think-cell team, leveraging over two decades of expertise in enhancing PowerPoint productivity, eagerly anticipates the positive influence of Microsoft's Copilot. We are thrilled at the opportunity to integrate and expand upon Copilot, much like our successful development of innovative chart features.

Akash Choudhary, Product Marketing Manager

Microsoft 365 Copilot for PowerPoint

Microsoft 365's Copilot extends its capabilities beyond Excel and Word to include amazing features in PowerPoint. With Copilot for PowerPoint, users will be able to effortlessly convert Word documents to presentations and vice versa. It enables the creation of comprehensive presentations that consolidate data from selected Word documents.

Copilot can assist in adjusting text formatting, presentation styles, and animation timing, all based on your prompts and requirements. What sets Copilot for PowerPoint apart is its natural language processing capabilities where users can effortlessly command Copilot using language instructions.

Copilot also offers a convenient summarization function, enabling users to condense lengthy presentations into concise versions. This feature not only summarizes the key points of the presentation but also generates accompanying speaker notes for reference.

The future of presentation creation?

Copilot offers the potential to save time by summarizing existing documents and retrieving accurate information. Simply instruct Copilot in your Microsoft 365 app to "Create a presentation (or a document) based on ABC file," and it will provide a starting point. However, it's important to note that Copilot may not cover all the requirements. It may not adhere to your firm's specific format or include essential slides like references or sources, meaning it might not reach 100% or even 50% completion for your needs.

Creating complex Gantt charts requires specialized tools like think-cell.

Even with its potential, it will never achieve perfection, nor does it aim to do so. The name itself, "copilot," implies its role as a supportive assistant rather than a complete automation. Microsoft has already shared several limitations, such as its current inability to comprehend languages other than English, the absence of features like transitions, videos, or tables in PowerPoint, and suboptimal performance when SmartArt, tables, or charts are on the slide. For PowerPoint users who use data heavily in their presentations, it is hard to say how data accuracy would be played out by Copilot. Certainly not the be-all and end-all that would save us from the additional work that is required to "do things well".

While Microsoft 365 Copilot brings immense value to PowerPoint users, it's crucial to remember that human interaction remains an integral part of the creative journey. Despite Copilot's ability to generate slides and provide recommendations, it's the human touch that will bring in unique perspectives, insights, and storytelling abilities that cannot be replicated by AI alone.

What do we think at think-cell?

We align with Microsoft's mission to enhance productivity and satisfaction in everyday work through technology. However, our primary focus remains on providing a solution tailored to the specific needs of our clients.

Microsoft Copilot will be able to assist users in tackling the initial 80% of a problem across various use cases. By leveraging advanced AI capabilities, Copilot will quickly generate suggestions or solution drafts. However, when it comes to creating visually compelling, complex, and professional presentations, the remaining 20% is where think-cell will shine. Our core offering revolves around creating accurate and visually compelling charts, which are tasks that the current AI is unable to replicate or improve upon with the same level of reliability and support we provide. Although Copilot has the potential to enhance the quality and efficiency of daily work, it may not address specific business challenges.

At think-cell, we are excited to explore and leverage this technology to enhance upon the benefits that we have been providing for 20+ years.


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