Today we will release the beta version of Microsoft Producer for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 via our Connect site. This version of Producer works with PowerPoint 2007, Windows Vista, and IE7, and is also compatible with Open XML. This is a long-awaited add-in for many customers, we're happy to be on the final path to getting it out the door.
In case you're not familiar with Producer, it is a free add-in which enables PowerPoint users to capture, synchronize, and publish audio, video, slides, and images to create engaging rich media presentations that can be viewed in a web browser.
We're running the beta until June 30, 2008, and then will review the feedback we received from customers. We're planning to release the final version of Producer 2007 to the Office Download Center in the Jul/Aug'08 timeframe.
Here's how you can access the Producer 2007 beta:
Click here to jump to the Connect site or type http://www.connect.microsoft.com in your web browser.
Click Sign In and enter your Windows Live ID.
Click the Connection Directory tab, and then click Office in the Categories list in the left-hand navigation pane.
Scroll through the list of available Connections and locate the Producer for PowerPoint 2007 Beta.
When you have found the link for the Producer beta site, click the + Add to Your Dashboard link displayed next to it.
Click the Producer for PowerPoint 2007 Beta link to go to the beta site.
If you can't find the Producer beta site in Connect, check back later today. It will be posted during the day today. You can also learn more about Producer from the PowerPoint team's blog here .
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