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SharePoint Server 2010 Administration 24 Hour Trainer by Clint Richardson, Martin Reid, Bill Crider

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Chapter 29

Configuring PowerPoint Services

PowerPoint 2010 has a new feature called Broadcast Slideshow. This feature enables you, with SharePoint's and Office Web Apps' help, to push your Microsoft Office 2010 PowerPoint presentations out to invited users (50 or fewer simultaneous users for best results) via a SharePoint 2010 site collection. If you don't have SharePoint or Office Web Apps, you can still use this feature with Windows Live ID and Microsoft broadcast servers. It removes the need for third-party providers when remote access to PowerPoint presentations is required.

PowerPoint Service Application

To run the PowerPoint broadcast operation on your own SharePoint servers, you need to install Office Web Apps. After this software is installed, the PowerPoint Service Application is started on the SharePoint server. A new site collection template and a default PowerPoint broadcast site collection are also installed. Figure 29.1 shows the PowerPoint Service Application configuration screen in SharePoint Central Administration, following an installation of Office Web Apps. The PowerPoint Service Application configuration enables you to do the following:

  • Specify the File Formats Supported: You can choose the newer PowerPoint file format of PPTX and/or PowerPoint 97-2003 file format using the PPT extension.
  • Broadcast Site: You specify the default PowerPoint broadcast site or create a new broadcast site collection.
  • PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation Scanning: SharePoint scans older ...

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