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Google launches PowerPoint competitor

New Google Docs tool steps up Microsoft battle

Google plans to take another swipe at Microsoft's Office suite of tools by adding PowerPoint presentation competitor to its Google Docs web-based tools for word processing, email and spreadsheets.

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, announced the new feature during a keynote at the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Expo. Although Schmidt offered few details, he said that Google would add the ability to generate and share presentations to the Google Docs line-up, but stopped short of calling the new feature a competitor to Microsoft's PowerPoint tool.

"[Google Docs] does not have all the functional [features] ... of [products] like Microsoft Office," he said. "It seems to be a better fit of how people use the web. For people who are using products on the web who need presentation access and sharing ...they are going to use this. This is a testament to the strength of Web 2.0."

See PC Advisor's Microsoft Office 2007 review, including our look at PowerPoint 2007.

www.computerworld.com


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