Google gobbles up Zenter; Google Office set

Google gobbles up Zenter; Google Office set

Summary: Google acquired the last piece of its Google Office puzzle. Google bought Zenter, a company that creates online slide presentations.

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Google acquired the last piece of its Google Office puzzle. Google bought Zenter, a company that creates online slide presentations.

With the purchase Google has one of the last pieces for its presentation tool--GooglePoint if you will. Google engineering director

You've heard us talk a lot about using the web to improve group collaboration and information sharing. These days, when you create a document -- whether it's a text document, a spreadsheet, or a presentation -- you usually want to share it, collect feedback, or communicate about it in some way. We on the Google Docs & Spreadsheets team focus on making this experience easier and more powerful for you. In particular, we're working to add presentation-sharing capabilities to Google Docs & Spreadsheets, and we're excited about the addition of Zenter's technology and team to that effort.

Couple Zenter with Tonic Systems and Google is on equal footing with Zoho, says Om Malik. Dan has a deep dive on Zoho. See also Richard MacManus's online suite comparison.

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  • Looking forward to presentations with Google Office. Of course also a Gears

    implementation as well.

    On the Gears implementation, the basic editing will be available off-line, but it will be very hard to offer all of the import/export filters off-line. There ARE limits to Java script! Probably the only way, would be through a browser plug-in written in a high level language. If Google were smart, they might just open source all of their import/export filters of the various document types, so that ANY website could add document import/export, and it could eventually be a plug-in for FireFox for those that want to enable importing/exporting while off-line.

    The other question is what high level language Gears will eventually support. We really need Java like cross platform capability that also allows sand-boxing to be able to do more heavy lifting off-line.
    DonnieBoy