It would seem that Google is about to launch a presentation creator service to compete with Microsoft’s PowerPoint. The buzz is that this new app is to be called Presently, which is cute and about which a bit more, well, presently. I gather that this was discovered by some resolute geeks who are able to mine the Google Docs server — and let that be a warning to you that nothing online is secure. The hackers say that with Presently you’ll be able to convert documents into presentations, which can have themes, and the whole will have a zoom capability.
I’m up for this. I wind up spending far too much time fretting over presentations and fiddling around with the technicals at the delivery site; an online thingy will do just fine and keep my presentation-ambition nicely under control, I reckon.
It will also make Microsoft pay attention, according to an article on ZDNet’s Between the Lines, the notion being that:
Google doesn’t even have to be wildly successful with Google Docs–all it has to do is be a big distraction. Many of Google’s initiatives appear only to be designed to distract Microsoft. And encroaching on millions of PowerPointers is one way to get Microsoft’s attention. PowerPoint is also the best avenue to gaining adoption for Google Docs. Word processing and spreadsheets are nice, but if you play word association with corporate desk jockeys Office is PowerPoint.
And now about “presently” itself:<rant> The word means “soon.” It doesn’t mean “now.” Now means now. But no one calls a program “soon,” so Google will add its weight to the mistaken side in what might be the most unfortunate usage titling since Dickens went with Our Mutual Friend and destroyed the M word.</rant>