Google readying presentation offering for summer launch

The search giant boosts its existing office productivity line by adding presentation software to the mix.

Google plans to complement its existing Docs & Spreadsheet portfolio by adding a presentations application, which it plans to officially launch this summer.

Confirmation of the new arrival follows much speculation that the search giant had a PowerPoint rival in the offing.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a free, web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that enables users to create, edit and share documents in real time using secure online access and storage.

The addition of presentation software follows the acquisition of Tonic Systems, a San Francisco-based company that specialises in the provision of Java presentation automation products and document management solutions, according to Google engineering director Sam Schillace's recent post on the official google blog.

"Well, we tried to keep it a secret as long as we could, but to be honest, we've been dying to tell you about the bun we've got in the oven," he said.

"We've already freed those of you working in teams from the burdens of version control and e-mail attachment overload when going back and forth on word processing and spreadsheets. It just made sense to add presentations to the mix; after all, when you create slides, you're almost always going to share them. Now students, writers, teachers, organisers, and, well, just about everyone who uses a computer can look forward to having real-time, web-based collaboration across even more common business document formats."

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