Google to offer presentation feature in Docs & Spreadsheets

blog But enhanced software isn't intended to compete with products like Microsoft Office, says CEO Eric Schmidt.

Google is adding a feature in its Docs & Spreadsheets Web-hosted software that will enable people to create presentations and slide shows, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said on Tuesday at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.

Schmidt showed a short presentation that was made using the new feature, which he said would be launched soon, but was not more specific. "It's a way of doing presentations," he said in a keynote session. "Collaboration is a killer app for how communities work."

Asked by blogger and author John Battelle if Google's enhanced Docs & Spreadsheets would compete with Microsoft Office, Schmidt said: "We don't think so. It doesn't have all the functionality, nor is it intended to have the functionality of products like Microsoft Office."

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