Google PowerPoint clone coming soon?
In April, Google bought one company with presentation technology, and another in June. Also in June, Gmail added the ability to view PowerPoint slides sent as e-mail attachments. But while the company has an online word processor and spreadsheet app, presentations have been a no show so far.
Well, rumor is it's coming soon, and it'll be called Presently. Which is kind of funny, since once upon a time Google bought up a web service called Writely and renamed it Google Docs & Spreadsheets. We're guessing Presently is just a temporary name.
We should point out that Google will hardly be the first company with an online office suite that includes a Presentation application. You can already open PowerPoint files or create your own slideshows using Zoho and ThinkFree. But neither of those companies has been nominated as a potential Microsoft killer just yet, so all eyes are on Google to see if a mover and shaker can release an online productivity suite that will truly rival Microsoft Office.