It has been rumored for some time now that Google will be adding to its free Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets a presentation package. Last week Google made it official and announced they will soon be releasing Google Presently. Presently was acquired when Google purchased Tonic Systems.
Once Presently is released, Google will have completed constructing their own office suite. It is assumed, similar to Google Documents and Google spreadsheets, that Presently will also be free to use. Google insists it is not competing with Microsoft office and that Office offers more features, however that is complete spin.
Microsoft early on dominated the business software industry by giving pieces of office away for free (namely PowerPoint) which ultimately removed any competition. Today Google is following that model, but one better, they are giving everything away for free. The greatest challenge for the Google Office Suite in gaining users isn’t Microsoft; it is whether you trust your data online. Much like paying with credit cards or accessing bank records online, some people are more accepting than others. It will be interesting to watch the next steps for both products.
Would/Do you use the Google Office Suite?