Its not always easy to make a presentation in a room full of people, whether you’re in a boardroom and the stakes are quite high or you’re in class talking about the solar system, you would want the presentation to go as smoothly as possible. The Microsoft Research and Office engineering teams have collaborated to develop a new app that’s likely to be of immense help during presentations. Called the Office Remote app, it turns the Windows Phone 8 device into a smart remote which can be used to interact with Office on your PC. At this point in time, the app has only been released for Windows Phone 8, Microsoft hasn’t said when we can expect it to be released on iOS and Android.

Through the app, users can control Word, Excel and PowerPoint from any corner of the room, thus freeing them up to walk about during the presentation. Whether its advancing slides, controlling an on-screen laser pointer or scrolling through a lengthy document, the app has got your covered. The app is compatible with all versions of Office 2013 except Office 2013 RT. It requires a Bluetooth enabled PC and that a desktop add-in for Office Remote be installed on the computer. The Office Remote app for Windows Phone 8 is available as a free download from the Windows Store. [Image via Neowin]

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