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Google to Add Presentation Tool to Docs

   
7:59 pm on Apr 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said Tuesday Google is set to introduce software for creating meeting presentations online, offering a twist on Microsoft's popular PowerPoint tool.
Google is adding presentation software as a new feature to Google Docs, a collection of Web-based product tools such as word-processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and home page publishing that offers an alternative to Microsoft Office, Schmidt said.

But the leader of the world's Web search leader, which expanded last year to offer a new category of online software for use by consumers and businesses, played down the direct challenge to Microsoft when asked whether the move was meant to compete with PowerPoint.

Google to Add Presentation Tool to Docs [usatoday.com]

10:31 pm on Apr 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Might be very useful for collaborative presentations (no more emailing ppt file around).

On a side note I was thinking about throwing an app like this together for my talk at PubCon last November as an example of how to create a useful Web App. Just thought it would be funny to give a presentation about web presentation software using the presentation software I wrote. Then realized it might take a little longer than a couple days ;)

12:10 pm on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)



throwing an app like this together for my talk at PubCon last November

Just like that huh!? I'm expecting GREAT things from you young man ;)

I think the idea sounds extremely powerful. I wonder if there will be a way to see the presentation offline (put it onto a usb stick)? I can just see 50 presenters at the next Pubcon grappling with a WiFi connection...

3:32 pm on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hmm i guess later during the year they would be monetizing the docs with Adwords network

Imagine you giving presentation and your competitors ads coming up in side offering half the price , just kidding , i know no professional would use this while giving the customer presentation

Good useful tool , thanks Google for the same

1:56 pm on Apr 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I agree that this may not be the most professional tool for your next sales pitch (ads aside). From an education point of view it offers an alternative to students who don't have home access to Powerpoint and for schools with limited tech budget. I'm looking forward to giving it a go.