Turn Windows Phone into a magic wand for Microsoft Office presentations

Microsoft Research this morning took the wraps off Office Remote, a new app that lets you control Office presentations from across the classroom or boardroom using your Windows Phone 8. Download it now

The app, a collaboration between the Microsoft Research and Microsoft Office engineering teams, turns any Windows Phone 8 smartphone into a smart remote for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

“You can start your PowerPoint presentation, advance the slides, see your speaker notes, and control an on-screen laser pointer with a touch of your finger—all from your phone,” says Office program manager Bert Van Hoof. “You can also navigate between Excel worksheets and graphs, and control data slicers from the palm of your hand. And you can scroll through a Word document or quickly jump to specific sections or comments.”

Besides the app, all you need to get started is Office 2013 (all versions except Office 2013 RT), a Bluetooth-enabled PC, and this desktop add-in for Office Remote installed on your PC.

Read more on the Inside Microsoft Research blog today (and don’t miss the video). The Office Remote project site has a full rundown of app features.

Microsoft Research this morning took the wraps off Office Remote, a new app that lets you control Office presentations from across the classroom or boardroom using your Windows Phone 8. Microsoft Research this morning took the wraps off Office Remote, a new app that lets you control Office presentations from across the classroom or boardroom using your Windows Phone 8.