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12 April 2024

BlackBerry rolls out PowerPoint Presenter


Research In Motion (RIM) has rolled out a BlackBerry Presenter that business "road warriors" can use to give PowerPoint presentations from the Canadian company's smartphones.

"If you do PowerPoint presentations, you can leave the laptop behind," said RIM director of public relations Shelly Sofer. "We see the use of this for the road warrior, and it can be left in a board room so anyone can go in and do a presentation without having to pull out cables or mess with resolution."

A Presenter device, about the size of an Altoids mints container, is plugged into a projector and then controlled wirelessly by a BlackBerry. Slides, graphs or other information assembled using Microsoft's PowerPoint are routed to a projector and displayed in high resolution.

"The presentation streams securely over Bluetooth," Softer said. "You can read notes and freeze or jump around the slides."


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