Google set to launch Powerpoint rival

Google will add a presentation application to its Google Apps line up by year-end and possibly could add other applications to its SaaS desktop suite.

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Google will add a presentation application to its Google Apps line up by year-end and possibly could add other applications to its software as a service (SaaS) desktop suite.

These could include video, note-taking, blogging and group-discussion applications. Google also is aiming to establish parity between the offline and online capabilities of its productivity suite, said Matthew Glotzbach, director of product management in Google's enterprise division.

Google last week introduced a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) as part of a browser extension called Google Gears that will let web-based applications work in disconnected mode.

"Presentation is a feature of Google Documents, it's not as much building a separate presentation application," Glotzbach said. "We are building this ability to present from a document."

Currently, the most popular presentation application among corporate users is Microsoft PowerPoint.

Google announced in April it was working on a presentation component for its Google Apps suite of Office-like applications that include email, a document editor, spreadsheet and other collaboration tools. A premier edition targets corporate users and is viewed as an alternative to Microsoft Office, even though the Google package offers nowhere near the feature set of Office.

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