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The Demise of Office Mix

by Miguel Guhlin
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In a few short weeks, the demise of Microsoft Office Mix will be complete. Office Mix is “a free extension to PowerPoint that makes it easy to turn your PowerPoint presentations into interactive online lessons and share them” (source). While Microsoft has incorporated many Mix features into PowerPoint, there are various elements educators will miss. Because of this, in this blog entry, we’ll explore a few alternatives to Office Mix.

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The Demise of Office Mix

Consider this recent announcement about Microsoft’s Office Mix:

“[Microsoft is]…excited to share that we are bringing the best of Office Mix directly into PowerPoint, Microsoft Stream, and Microsoft Forms for Office 365 subscribers on Windows PCs.

This new integrated experience in PowerPoint will remove the need for downloading an add-in. You’ll be able to easily access the feature via the Recording tab in PowerPoint after you turn on the feature by customizing your PowerPoint toolbar ribbon.”

While Microsoft encourages us to use Microsoft Stream, that option may not be available in your particular situation. Let’s explore a few alternatives to Office Mix for creating and sharing videos.

Screencasting Alternatives to PowerPoint with Mix

Here is a short list of screencasting alternatives. This listing includes browser-friendly tools, as well as those you can use on your computer.

Free Tools

Purchase Required

  • SnagIt ($29.95) for Mac or Windows
  • Camtasia Studio ($179.90) if you need higher end video capture and editing on Mac or Windows.

Note:Windows 10 has built-in screen recording.

Five Easy Screencasting Steps

  1. Develop an outline or map of where you want to go.
  2. Develop your presentation.
  3. Pick your recording tool.
  4. Screencast using shortcut keys.
  5. Publish/share your video.

Take some time to explore these tools and create your own screencasts. While many will miss Office Mix, try combining PowerPoint with some of these screencasting tools. You can, as Microsoft points out, place your content in Microsoft Stream. But you can also use other video sharing services such as YouTube, Vimeo, and TeacherTube.

Other Screencasting Resources

 

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