Microsoft launches Office Mix website

Growing Office 365 service user base has prompted Microsoft to widen or expand its popular Office suite by offering new apps. As such, you can observe, beginning today, roll out of a new service called Office Mix. The service is not a full developed app, but an early Preview product that one can access through the Microsoft Connect site or selecting a suitable login provider.

Office Mix

Office Mix website

Office Mix, as the service is named targets education sector. Some characteristics of the application

  1. Turns PowerPoint presentations into interactive, online lessons.
  2. Mixes presentations in xml for an interactive document complete with analytics
  3. Stores the modified presentation in the cloud
  4. Allows sharing the link, so that others can watch it irrespective of the device with a web browser.

In short, Office Mix helps you turn PowerPoint presentations into interactive classroom content via an add-on that supplies audio and video recording and a screen capture tool.  However, the data analytics, and add-in although free and operational with PowerPoint 2013 require you to have Office 2013 Service Pack 1. If you have it, sign-up at the Office Mix website and be notified when the Preview is ready. The Passphrase (required to actually sign-in) as the site notifies would be sent through email when the Preview is launched, officially.

The FAQ section describes the service best:

“MIX allows you to turn your PowerPoints into interactive online lessons or presentations. We install an add-in that gives you the ability to record audio, video, and handwriting, and insert interactive elements like quizzes and CK12 exercises.

There’s even a screen capture tool so you can record anything on your PC. Once your presentation is ready just click “Create MIX.” We work our magic to mix in xml for an interactive document complete with analytics, and place it in the cloud.”

Go check out the Office Mix website here.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in technology and has an immense interest in following Microsoft and other technology developments around the world. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player.

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