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Google to add PowerPoint-like presentation service to stable of productivity services

Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced at the Web 2.0 Expo today that a presentation creation and sharing service will arrive soon to augment the current Google online offerings of gmail, calendar, word processing and spreadsheets.

The announcement was shown as a presentation itself made from the service on large screens to the Tuesday keynote address audience. Details of the features and functions, as well its sharing ability, were not disclosed. The date of the beta launch was also not made public during an interview between Schmidt and Federated Media CEO John Batelle, who is also a co-chair of the Web 2.0 Expo at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center.

The beta service amounts to a different way of managing information, said Schmidt, an example of yet another Web 2.0-framework service. The story of Web 2.0, he said, is really a transition from an older computing archiecture to the newer fundamental shift known as Web 2.0, which he called a marketing term.

The Google CEO hinted that collaboration would be a differentiating element of the presentations creation offering.

While Schmidt dodged calling the suite of services a competitor to Microsoft Office, he said he expects “a response” from Microsoft.

Addressing the recent announced Google acquisition of DoubleClick, Schmidt answered concerns of Google advertising hegemony by saying the advertisers have choice, and that Google’s best interests are to keep online ad communities comfortable with Google’s power.

He also called “false” Microsoft’s and AT&T’s calls of the Google purchase an issue of concern to anti-trust regulators. “This is an emerging field,” he said. “They’re wrong.”

As a response to the Amazon S3 storage as a service offerings, he said Google will do something different but not necessarily a competitor. Google also sees the telcos and service providers as partners, but Schmidt is concerned that net neutrality be maintained as a business decision but not a law.

Source:? ZDNet Blogs | Webware

Google, PowerPoint, Presentation, Service, Productivity Services

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