Presentation Summit 2012

PowerPoint is a versatile communication tool, and millions of people use it every day in very creative ways. As engineers, we like to understand how customers use our product and how we can make it better. That’s why we flew down to Arizona this week to attend the 10th annual Presentation Summit in Scottsdale.

Summit1Experts from around the world gather every year to share techniques for creating effective presentations, and the attendees come away with a completely new perspective on how to approach their slides.

I always return with an increased understanding of how I can improve my own communication skills, and a list of things that we can do to make our customer’s lives easier when using our software. This year was no exception.

There was, however, one thing that was different about the conference this time around: there were a number of times when someone would sit down with me to show me a problem they were running into, and I could finally say “we’ve fixed that.” It’s such a good feeling to see the smile on someone’s face when we show them the new version of PowerPoint working exactly the way they want it to work.

There are a lot of things that are better than they have ever been before in PowerPoint 2013, and it’s thanks to direct feedback from customers like you, many of whom we’ve met in person at the Presentation Summit over the years. There’s no better way to make the right changes than to develop real relationships with real customers. We’ll be working hard to keep this up, and we can’t wait to jump into some of the suggestions we picked up this time around.


To everyone who was there with us this week: we can’t wait to see you again next year in Fort Lauderdale. To everyone who has never been or who wasn’t able to make it this time: we hope you’ll be there too. We love seeing how you use the product, and we are intrigued by the interesting ways you use PowerPoint to share ideas and change the world. If you can’t wait a whole year to talk with us, please feel free to comment and share your story here on this blog, and let us know what you think of the new version, which was released to manufacturing today.

See you next year!

-Christopher Maloney