Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella often talks about the importance of product teams being customer obsessed and the PowerPoint team loves this strategy. We’ve been doing lots of customer visits, talking to people from all over the world, and most importantly, learning about who our customers are and how they use PowerPoint. But we also believe that being truly customer obsessed means going beyond just learning about our customers. We want to make this a two-way street where we share more about building PowerPoint and you provide us with feedback to make PowerPoint even better. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do with this blog.
Our goal is to make the PowerPoint blog the go-to place for our team to share relevant information that is valuable and of interest to you—our customers. We want to help you discover the wide range of capabilities that PowerPoint has to offer, share tips and tricks to become more efficient, and highlight features to help you create and deliver beautiful and powerful presentations. You will have the opportunity to get some behind-the-scenes insights into our processes and decision making. Periodically we’ll invite other internal Microsoft teams and external guests to contribute to the blog to give you the most comprehensive picture of PowerPoint possible.
Going forward, the PowerPoint engineering team will be much more actively involved in this blog. And after spending almost two years taking PowerPoint to multiple platforms—now available on Windows, Apple and Android platforms—and getting PowerPoint on popular devices, we have a ton to share. Starting next week, Derek Johnson, senior program manager for the PowerPoint team, will share his thoughts on what’s new in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac. Next, we will follow up with a post from Jeffrey Chen, principal program manager, also on the PowerPoint team, who will cover the PowerPoint Mobile app for Windows 10.
We look forward to using this blog as a tool to continue a productive and fun two-way conversation with our customers. The product team will monitor and reply to comments on our blog and also on our powerpoint.uservoice.com site, where you can make suggestions on new features you would like us to build.
—Shawn Villaron, group program manager for the PowerPoint team