ou’ve spent countless hoursp reparing PowerPoint slideshows in an effort to impress yourinvestors, your clients, your re-cruits and your future customers.You’ve lived on the road most of thepast year using these pre s ent a t i o ns
to get the word out to audiences largeand small. Now that you’re back home, there’s no reason to halt yourinitiative. You can continue to makethe presentations available to an al-most unlimited audience by postingthem on the We b.M i c rosoft PowerPoint 2000 makesthis process quite easy. Like all the ap-plications in the Office 2000 suite,PowerPoint 2000 is designed to pro-duce Web output, and the option tosave your files in H T M Lf o rmat is read-ily displayed in the File menu. Simi-larly, a Publish button appears on theSave dialog. Putting your slide showson the Web is more preferable tosending them as file attachments orvia other types of distribution, in part be-cause you remain in control of changesand updates.Beyond making your existing slide showsavailable, there’s another compelling reason
to use this feature. Presentations are oftenthe basis for business meetings—a meansof conveying information and guiding dis-cussions and decisions. Mountingthe presentations on the Web letsyou give your presentations fro many Web-connected computer, elim-inating the need to carry and set upyour notebook and also allowing forspur of the moment presentations. Inaddition, Web-based pre sen tat io ns
let you conduct meetings with anyremote groups or individuals thathave Web access. While perhaps notas technologically leading-edge asa full scale videoconferencing sys-tem, a Web-based presentation com-bined with a conference call woulddo the trick in a number of situa-tions, and much more frugally aswe l l.We’ll assume two things for this ar-ticle. First, that you have a Web serv-er on which you can store docu-
If you’ve ever created a PowerPoint presentation then you know what it’s like to concentrate all your com-
munication skills into one tidy package of information. PowerPoint 2000 makes the most out of this con-
certed effort by allowing you to post your presentations on the Web. Thanks to a new ‘Publish’ button,
you can now pull out the slide show whenever the need arises, wherever your audience happens to be.
F i g u re 1: The presentation in PowerPoint 2000 and the preview inIE 5.0.