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Product Review: Microsoft Office Mix add-in for PowerPoint 2013

Open up any authoring tool (okay, most of them) and one item that you will see is the ability to add PowerPoint.  Some products including Articulate Studio and Storyline use the Microsoft SDK PowerPoint ribbon as their main ribbon.

Use products such as Adobe Presenter or iSpring Presenter and in just a few short seconds you will be in PowerPoint and you can start building courses.

If I was Microsoft, I would say to myself, “Why let these products be the only ones who can do this, when it is our product”.  And lo and behold, Microsoft jumped into the fray.

The product?  Office Mix.  The cost? ZERO as in FREE..but

What you need

If you do not have PowerPoint 2013, sorry you are out of luck.  On the plus side if you have it, it will work with both 32 bit and PPT 2013 and 64 bit and PPT 2013.

What is it?

An add-in, which only takes 30 seconds or so (depending on your cpu) to install.

Where do you find in PowerPoint?

It appears as part of your ribbon, under the tab “Mix”



Break it down





After loading the add-in into PowerPoint 2013 and opening up to either a new slide or existing, you will see your usual ribbon along with a tab called “Mix”.  Clicking on the “Mix tab” you will see the following options



Quizzes/Video Apps

To create a quiz is really rather simple.  Click on the Quizzes/Video apps and you a window pops up.  If you already have some apps they will appear first.  If not, it is a blank screen with tabs including one that says Store.  If you already have apps, the tab still says Store.

Select the Quiz you want to use


As you notice is says Quizzes and Polls.  I used the Multiple Choice Quiz and it immediately went into the slide I was viewing.




  With the quiz now added, I have several options including the ability to change the font size.

You write in your own title, then select the choices, enter in the choice and then you have options including “Delete”, “Leave Comments” and select which check is the right answer.

Green is the right answer.

In my example, I left feedback for those folks who selected “No”.

As noted earlier you can preview this question.  Once you click preview, you can either accept it or click “Edit” to edit the quiz.

 On the Video apps, you have nine apps (I surmise more will come).  For me, I selected the Khan Academy app, which immediately placed the entire Khan video screen into my slide. 

 I merely had to scroll down and pick the video I wanted to embed.  Once I clicked it, it now was embed into my slide. 







Afterward, I added a screen recording and then a screenshot and saved.

Now, I was ready to upload my mix to the cloud.

Upload to Mix














When you click “Next”, a new window appears welcoming you to Office Mix and asks how you want to log in.

Rather than forcing me to use a Microsoft account, it displayed other choices including organizational account, Google+ and Facebook.

I really liked that.  I wish they added Linkedin, which would then allow folks who do not want to use Slideshare as their sharing slide option.

Oh on a side note, if you have any issues with slide mix before you even get to the log in screen, Mix will identify those errors, explain them and ask you want you want to do.  Another nice plus.

Log in and Get Ready

I logged in using my Google+ account and got ready to upload.

I stated that is was a new mix and then checked off the box enabling playback on a mobile device and allowing people to view the video offline.

My test presentation was only 31 seconds so creating the video was rather fast.





Seemed simple enough, but what I did find was a cumbersome step if I wanted to go back and create a new mix, using the scenario of myself signing in with another account.  I actually used Google+ again, and it showed up in my window, but did not auto fill my password.  Some people will like this as an added security, but for me, I wish it auto saved the password, eliminating me having to retype it in. 


Once your mix has been uploaded the first screen to appear is your Office Mix screen

Under this screen

  As you can see e-learning 24/7 is listed as the account name. 

You can create your own account name prior to this screen, otherwise it will use your name as the default account name.


Below your slide screen you will see a https:// link – this is the link to share with others and by doing so you can now track who views it along with some additional analytics.





Options to Share

As you can see you can also allow folks to modify the mix under Creative Commons and also allow a discussion board.


When you view the analytics you are provided the following information depending on what you select

By Slides — By User — By Exercises

By Slides

The above appears for each slide that you have, providing some details beyond just the main mix.  If you have a quiz additional options  include % correct, avg. number of attempts, average hints used.

More Option

If you select “More” next to any slide or quizzes, the new screen will show you the name of the person, along with their views and time spent.  For quizzes: name, answer, views, time spent, correct %, attempts and hints

When viewing the data for each slide you have the following options:

By User

Shows a pie graph identifying the percentage of completed along with a summary of presentation including number of apps used, number of quizzes used and number of videos used.  And yes, you can view individual stats.

By Exercise

Shows the exercise.

What it doesn’t do

No SCORM. So if you see the ability to push this out as a SCORM course you are out of luck.  Best bet?  Export as a video and add to your course or just add as a video.

Bottom Line

Overall, I give it a solid as in average.  First attempt is nice, but this is Microsoft after all, and thus they should have had a tad more with its debut add-in.

With a few tweaks and enhancements this could eventually knock Presenter from Adobe and iSpring Presenter out of fee based products.

Add even more bits and pieces and you can have Studio in your sights.

But until then, I’ll take what they can offer and move forward with that.

Just promise me Microsoft that you continue to make Mix free.

And make it better.

E-Learning 24/7


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