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Like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint has made a significant investment in document co-authoring for the Office 2010 release. What is co-authoring? This is the capability for multiple users to open the same presentation file and to simultaneously edit and save changes to that file. Co-authoring solves a lot of problems with the current models of collaboration, where multiple versions of files are stored at multiple locations, not to mention the proliferation of presentations circulating via e-mail amongst multiple contributors. Now, one version of the file can exist in a shared network location, and users can edit, save, print and present from that one location.
We have often observed that the nature of editing conducted over a presentation’s lifecycle will vary. In the beginning, content is typically roughly formed, initially perhaps bulleted plain text or a compendium of objects such as rich media including pictures and video, charts, slides from other presentations, etc. copied from a variety of external sources.
During a presentation’s “middle age”, the scope of the presentation is coming into focus, concepts are more clearly defined and logical groupings of slide & topic flow form. As the presentation delivery milestone approaches, fewer edits are necessary, and those edits tend to be a bit more critical. To accommodate various co-authoring workflows, review of the changes that other co-authors make is optional (though easy to initiate), allowing for flexibility during the different stages of the presentation lifecycle.
Simplicity is one of the hallmarks of good design and we’ve made co-authoring extremely easy to use. It is integrated into PowerPoint seamlessly – there are no specific modules or add-ins to use or to install. Users continue to edit their presentation content normally, with no extra effort required. Saving locally edited content automatically updates the presentation file on the server which makes that content available to other co-authoring users. Other co-authors can see who is editing the presentation and where in the document they are working. Changes made by other co-authors get merged into your document and you can edit in reaction to those changes.
In corporate environments, responsibilities for different sections of a presentation are often assigned to different individuals, who are often located in different parts of the company. Via a shared location on a Microsoft SharePoint server, users can co-author content when and where convenient.
We also recognize that authors of PowerPoint content are often on the go. With the modern workforce, work does not always happen inside the cubicle. Consultants creating content for their customers need to share presentations with their customers, and they may not have access to the customer’s corporate network infrastructure. In addition, small business customers may not have a server infrastructure deployed. Office 2010 has made it easy to support these scenarios by allowing co-authoring to function in the “cloud.”
In future posts, we’ll talk more about more details and the architecture of the co-authoring system. Stay tuned!
September 10, 2009
I think this new collaboration concept is an excellent improvement, and a necessity in the current fast moving business world. The coolest part however is that the collaboration-in-the-cloud-concept is integrated in the familiar Microsoft Office Environment. If the three-screen-strategy is followed here as well, we may see this on Windows PC, on the Web, and hopefully also on Windows Mobile !!!! // Remo Knops
Hello there, this concept sounds fabulous, so I downloaded the beta. However, I cannot find a clear and logic explanation for the requirements for the simultaneous editing in ppt 2010 to work. We have a server running MS Server 2003, and we can't get the sharing function to work on that server.
Any hint appreciated.
@Andy For PowerPoint 2010 Co-Authoring to work, you'll need the PowerPoint 2010 Beta with the matching Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Beta or the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Beta as the backing store. There are components running on the SharePoint 2010 server products that are required to supplement and support the client co-authoring, which are not present in SharePoint 2003. Some additional information has been posted on this externally available blog:
Thanks David. That means we would have to upgrade our server software - which, I am afraid, is yet some years in the future...
"Office 2010 has made it easy to support these scenarios by allowing co-authoring to function in the “cloud.”" I have been searching for days, but cannot find any specific information about this. Will individuals who do not have access to a SharePoint server be able to co-author? If yes, how? (The blog you linked to in your reply above implies this will work with Windows Live. But again, no specifics.) Katherine
Katherine: In case you didn’t see it, the following post also mentions that Windows Live can be used as a document repository for co-authoring applications in Office 2010, in addition to SharePoint 2010.
blogs.technet.com/.../collaboration-without-compromise.aspx More details on this will be forthcoming in future posts, so please “stay tuned.” -Dave