February 2017 Updates
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Easier background removal
We've made it easier to remove and edit the background of a picture. PowerPoint automatically detects the general background area; you no longer have to draw a rectangle around the foreground of your picture. The pencil for marking areas to keep or remove can now draw free-form lines, rather than being limited to straight lines.
A straightedge for drawing straight lines
On devices that have touch screens, you can use the Ruler on the Draw tab of the ribbon to draw straight lines or to align a set of objects. The Ruler pivots to any position you want: horizontal, vertical, or anything in between: it has a degrees setting so that you can set it at a precise angle, if necessary.
PowerPoint QuickStarter gives you research ideas and design suggestions for a presentation on a subject of your choosing. Just choose the QuickStarter template from File > New, and specify the subject you want to study. For detailed information, see Research a topic with PowerPoint QuickStarter.
PowerPoint QuickStarter is only available to the following languages: English (United States), Japanese (Japan), German (Germany), French (France), Spanish (Spain), Italian (Italy).