Google Slides has a new trick up its sleeve which Google announced yesterday via the Google Docs Blog, Slides Q&A. Presenters can now get interactive with the audience using Google Slides Q&A feature. The presenter simply launches Slides Q&A from the Google Slides app on their device which projects a URL for the audience to follow. That URL brings up what looks a lot like a messaging interface where audience members can type in questions. The audience types and sends their questions and Google Slides sends those questions to the presenter’s screen in real time. Audience members can see all the questions being asked and can upvote or downvote them so the presenter can see which questions are most important to the audience.
Slides Q&A makes it easy to interact with your audience—without having to worry about mics or moderators. Slides also helps you get your big ideas and stories on screen—without having to worry about wires or set up stress. Starting today, we’re improving this “Show up, don’t setup” experience in two ways:
- You can now present your slides to a Hangout from your iPhone or iPad. So with just your phone or tablet and the Slides app, you can present to any screen using Chromecast, AirPlay or Hangouts.
- And for those of you who like presenting from a computer, we’re introducing a new laser pointer on the web. Just in time for May the 4th (be with you).
Google is certainly making a run at Microsoft’s Office Suite and with this latest Google Slides update, they may be seeing more users floating their way. Google Docs in general are getting better every day and more schools and institutions are using the service for their students and staff.
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