Google is once again charging into Microsoft application territory, and will soon add a presentations application to its Google Docs & Spreadsheets family.
Sam Schillace, engineering director of Google, explains that the company has acquired Australian software developer Tonic Systems.
"They have some great technology for presentation creation and document conversion, and it will be a great addition as we add presentation sharing and collaboration capabilities to Google Docs & Spreadsheets," he says in his blog.
"We've already freed those of you working in teams from the burdens of version control and e-mail attachment overload when going back and forth on word processing and spreadsheets. It just made sense to add presentations to the mix; after all, when you create slides, you're almost always going to share them.
"Now students, writers, teachers, organisers and, well, just about everyone who uses a computer can look forward to having realtime, web-based collaboration across even more common business document formats."