I mentioned Google’s lack of an online Presentation app (i.e. a browser-based PowerPoint) previously. Well, according to TechCrunch today, it looks as if they are addressing that gap in their offerings.
With the addition of online presentation software, Google becomes a serious player in the Office software space.
Key advantages of Google’s Office software offering
- It is free
- It is browser based so there is no software to download/install/maintain and
- It is constantly improving as Google rolls out new features
Key advantage of downloadable office software
- Works without an Internet connection
- Has more functionality
These are short-term advantages as Internet connectivity becomes
more ubiquitous and Google keeps adding functionality to its offerings.
Online software, or Software as a Service (SaaS) as it is being called, is slowly but surely displacing the traditional software model. Software companies need to adapt their development models with this in mind or they could become the blacksmiths of the future!