Microsoft’s Office Remote app now available on Android to control PowerPoint presentations

On a mission to expand its apps and servers across platforms Microsoft today is releasing the Office Remote app for Android. The new apps let users use their smartphones to control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint presentations, all over Bluetooth.

Among other things, on PowerPoint, you can play and pause embedded audio and videos, switch to slide thumbnail view, see your speaker notes, and keep track of the presentation timer.

In Word, you can jump to headings and comments, screen and line up or down, and more. In Excel, you can scroll, zoom, and switch between worksheets, use filters and sliders, and more.

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The Office Remote app is on the advanced side of configuration, making it all work requires you to pair your smartphone and computer using Bluetooth first, and then you’ll need to be running the latest version of Office 2013 or Office 2016 beta.

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This is not the case where Microsoft is first releasing a new app on Android. The company first released Office Remote for Windows Phone back in 2014.

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