Office Insiders can try out the Transform command now, but all Word for the web users get the feature soon.
Microsoft is introducing a new conversion tool for Office users that automatically transforms a Word document into a PowerPoint presentation with the help of artificial intelligence.
It’s called the Transform command, and it uses AI to look at all the different sections of a Word document in order to convert it into a presentation. The conversion includes imagery, icons, videos, themes, and fonts, so you should get a professional-looking set of PowerPoint slides with nothing missing.
The Transform tool is even more intelligent than that: If you have a Word document consisting mainly of text, Transform will add assets to it by relying on Microsoft’s AI to select what works best. It will also offer a number of available PowerPoint themes.
To test it, users must be signed up as an Office Insider and using Word for the web. Open any Word document, and click File > Transform > Transform to PowerPoint presentation. Choose from one of the design themes that pop up, then click “Open presentation.” The newly-created presentation will load in PowerPoint for the web and be saved in the OneDrive root folder. It can then be treated like any other PowerPoint file and tweaked or added to if necessary.
As well as being limited to Insiders, the Transform command is currently available only in English, and it won’t work with Internet Explorer or the Safari web browser. Microsoft is hoping everyone is already upgraded to the Edge browser, which is installed in Windows 10 by default now. But if you aren’t an Office Insider, don’t worry—Microsoft says Transform will roll out to all web users “shortly.”
Originally published at https://www.pcmag.com.