Google is adding a new service to its Slides app to improve real-time audience participation.
(CCM) — On Wednesday, Google announced that it is rolling out a new feature for Google Slides called Slides Q&A. "This update —rolling out globally today— helps speakers connect with their audience and collect real-time feedback," explained Google Slides Engineer Michael Frederick in a post on the Google Docs Blog. Using the new feature is as easy as adding a simple link to a Slides presentation. From this link, audience members can submit questions from their smartphones, tablets, or laptops online as they think of them. The audience can also vote on which of these questions they want answered most. Audience members can even submit their questions anonymously. In a demonstration of this feature, audience members submitted 170 questions and voted 800 times.
In addition to adding the new Q&A feature, the Slides update also brings improvements to its "Show up, don't setup" experience. With this update, users will be able to present Slides to a Hangout on iPhones and iPads. Now, users can present Slides to any screen using Chromecast, AirPlay, or Hangouts from their phones and tablets. For those who prefer to use a computer for their presentations, Google has added a new "laser pointer" feature for Slides on the web. The function simulates a laser pointer by overlaying a red dot on the screen. The Slides update is rolling out globally on Android, iOS, and the web now, so expect to see these changes soon.
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