Google’s answer to PowerPoint

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Is this now the death knell for Microsoft’s PowerPoint? Google has just announced the release of its new online presentation tool into its Google Docs product line. It is online and completely free to use.

You can see the docs suite at

Perhaps the most useful facility of the presentation is the ability to work on the same deck of slides across the web – rather than having to e-mail a PowerPoint deck of slides backwards and forwards.

The press release says that users can create simple web-based presentations that others can update and view from their own computers, even at the same time.

“Presentations are a natural addition for Google Docs, as they are usually created with the intention of being shared. Web-based, collaborative presentations offer users much-needed relief from manually managing and compiling group members’ input in separate attachments, and they make it possible for multiple users to view a set of slides while a moderator controls the presentation. Users will see that these features are still in simple, early stages; the Google Docs team is making them available today in response to strong user demand for presentation-sharing, and updates and improvements will continue to roll out over the coming months.”

The feature set includes

  • Create and keep presentations in one place on the webcomputer.
  • Manage, update and share presentations with colleagues by sending them a simple e-mail invitation.
  • Edit the same presentation together online and in real time on the web.
  • Present and control slide shows for all viewers over the web, with no special set-up 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.

Published On: 25th Sep 2007

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  1. sounds like this really could give microsoft a kick up the backside.

    Will have to see how usable the google suite is and what bugs await to be discovered before I dump powerpoint.

    jonathanball 25 Sep at 11:48 am
  2. This sounds like a great idea.I hope power point will also still be around too.

    phyllis neff 1 Oct at 10:04 pm
  3. PowerPoint is now on version 12 Google docs looks a bit like version 4 to me – over a decade out of date!

    John Wilson 6 Oct at 3:40 pm
  4. Yes, but really it a sign of things to come, free online software competing with the big names.

    Hopefully at the very least this will encourage price reductions on much popular software, as competition for the software market hots up.

    simon H 7 Oct at 10:44 am
  5. This tool has already been a major boost to our presentational capabilities. There’s not much, this good, in life that’s free, so I urge people to embrace it and make the most of it.

    Vince Stevenson 24 Nov at 6:52 pm
  6. Sherean

    Google docs is an online system and not one where you will be able to download it.

    For a downloadable programme you could use Open Office.

    admin 15 Dec at 3:50 pm
  7. is it really free

    Anonymous 24 Jan at 9:39 am

    HAYVAN 10 Feb at 6:26 pm
  9. this is very good for us

    iqbal 21 Feb at 5:49 pm
  10. If u put a presentation from that google website on to a memory key would u be able to transfer it onto a apple comp.?

    Anonymous 30 Mar at 10:34 pm
  11. hello there im was wondering how to download micrsoft office powerpoint thanks brianna

    brianna schwidder 10 Apr at 1:56 pm
  12. how do you download a music file to google docs?

    aj 10 Oct at 4:14 pm
  13. i love you resha

    dabeast 11 Nov at 6:17 pm
  14. Where do I get this powerpoint?

    Swetha Budamala 24 Dec at 10:47 pm
  15. I need help transfering a sound effect from one site to another on google docs does anyone want to help me out

    tami throop 24 Mar at 12:57 am
  16. i love it

    hien 9 Apr at 11:49 am