Google Presentations Are Now Live

September 18th, 2007 at 12:00 am

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As expected, Google Docs now have their Presentations. This completes their office suite. The Presentations part has been the missing link ini Google Docs suite and the recent rumors of its announcement have shaken Microsoft and Zimbra and possibly Yahoo. Now that they’re live, this bickering will probably become more heated.

Here’s are the facts on Google presentations so far:

"-Create and keep presentations in one place on the Web that’s accessible anytime, from any Internet-connected computer.

– Manage, update, and share presentations with colleagues by sending them a simple e-mail invitation.

– Edit together online and in real time, or contribute at different times to the same presentation on the Web.

– Present and control slide shows for all viewers over the Web, with no special setup required. Chat with viewers in real time via integrated chat.

– Import existing presentations to get started quickly.

– Quickly publish presentations to the general public or individuals of their choice." (Google)

And of course here are the reactions:

"Right off the bat, you will notice that Presentations has some of the same basic functionality as Microsoft’s PowerPoint. It does enable you to create some really basic presentations, with themes, but the lack of features and slide show polish are real turn-offs for me.

Yes, there are nice collaboration features, just like the other Google Docs applications, but if the final product isn’t on par with what PowerPoint produces, those features are almost irrelevant. The omission of basic animations and transitions really take away from it." (Webware)

"First impressions: it depends on what you like when interacting with Office packages. I’ve become a big fan of Google Office products due to their simplicity and most importantly their online collaboration features. I’ve complete abandoned using Microsoft Office altogether, but I do have NeoOffice installed for offline usage (mostly when flying). Presently doesn’t have all the bells and whistles PowerPoint has, but that’s in part the appeal. Anyone who has used the Microsoft Office 2007 ribbon is able to explain their frustration at what at first is a bizarre interface that takes a fair bit of learning. Presently, like Docs and Spreadsheets before it is straight to the point." (TechCrunch)

"Similar to Google’s earlier released products for word processing and spreadsheets, Google’s new presentation feature allows for collaborative editing, keeps track of revisions, and includes a real-time chat" (Mashable)

And so there they are. I tried it out myself and I guess they were all right. The interface is not as great as Powerpoint and there seems to be a difficulty putting in a "WOW" factor with the limited themes and animations. But since this is an online free application, it does well. As for it being a Google product, it is no nonsense.

I would also have to agree that it’s advantage over the Powerpoint are its collaborative features. Instant messaging and online presentations make it something like Webex.

All in all, Google Docs Presentations is direct to the point and in contrast to Powerpoint, an online tool designed to be collaborative between users. I guess there at this point Powerpoint still looks strong but will the fact of Google Docs being free change all that? Take note that Microsoft slashed the price tag of its office suite down to $60. My guess is that both (Powerpoint and Presentations) have different applications and right now they both have to slug it out and win over the masses.