According to a report, a new feature of Office 365 will allow users to convert Microsoft Word documents into a PowerPoint slide deck.
Available to members of the company’s early access program, the new Transform option can be sampled through the Microsoft Word Web Client under the File> Transform menu.
Once selected, this feature will allow the user to create a preview in PowerPoint and select a visual style to apply the presentation file to the presentation before it falls into OneDrive.
Although the Transform feature is still undergoing initial access testing, Microsoft expects the feature to reach all users in the near future.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the feature would be extended to desktop clients.
Turn your Word document into a PowerPoint presentation
While the prospect of automating the painstaking presentation building process is an enticing one, the Transform feature is currently limited in a number of respects.
For now, the feature only works with English language documents and, even then, only when using certain web browsers. The now defunct Internet Explorer is not supported, perhaps predictably, but the Transform feature is also incompatible with Apple’s Safari, the second largest browser in the world.
The feature is also limited to text resources only and will leave behind any multimedia content present in the source document.
“We only support text content for the transformation to presentation, other media content is not currently available. You can add your own media to the presentation after you have transformed your Word document,” explained Mohit Anand, who works on PowerPoint at Microsoft.
The company has conceded that the quality of converted presentations may be a little patchy at first, but claims the Transform feature will eventually be able to distinguish effectively between different document sections and migrate over any accompanying images, videos, fonts and more.