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Microsoft on Tuesday issued a refresh to its PowerPoint presentation software on the App Store, adding remote functionality for Apple Watch users.

The newly added PowerPoint Remote feature allows you to control slides running on your iPhone, such as starting the slideshow and easily navigating to the next and previous slides.

In addition, the Watch app provides you with an at-a-glance overview of the elapsed presentation time while putting the current slide number and total number of slides on your wrist.

According to release notes, controlling presentations from your wrist currently initially works with the iOS edition of PowerPoint though it shouldn’t be long before this PowerPoint Remote makes its way into the Mac app.

In other Office news, Excel for iPhone has gained the ability to create and edit comments in worksheets while Word for iOS got bug fixes and performance improvements.

In addition, Office Sway, Microsoft’s newly released app for creating interactive presentations on the go, recently gained a new feature allowing you to create interactive charts.

Sway for iPhone interactive charts

Other new features in Office Sway 1.3 include image Focus Points, Accent, easier document embeds, better support for reading and editing using VoiceOver and more.

PowerPoint 1.8 changelog:

  • PowerPoint Remote for Apple Watch: control your slide show on iPhone with a beautifully simple app.
    • Start your slide show and easily navigate to the next and previous slides.
    • At a glance, see the elapsed time, the current slide number and total number of slides.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Excel 1.8 changeling:

  • Comments: create and edit comments in your worksheets (on iPhone).
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Word 1.8 changelog:

  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Download PowerPoint, Word and Excel free in the App Store.

  • I have to guess the watch will also do Apple TV navigation?

  • Ethan Humphrey

    I hope you will be able to do this with windows. I rarely hook up my iPhone to something but always use my laptop.