Salesforce's Quip is adding slides and adding commenting, collaboration tools as well as insights on what co-workers actually opened up and engaged with that deck you created.
With the addition of Slides, Quip also completes its suite of productivity tools. Quip already had docs and spreadsheets. Quip, acquired by Salesforce in 2016, isn't a direct competitor with Microsoft's Office and Google Apps, but is hoping that collaboration and integration with the Salesforce platform gives it some heft. It's also worth noting that the productivity suite space is crowded with everyone from Apple to Amazon to Cisco to Slack having some spin.
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Slides, a project that has been worked on for more than 18 months according to CEO Kevin Gibbs, is designed for the 79 percent of folks who make slide decks that never see the big stage. These decks are typically created for internal teams or presenting to a single customer. "This market is underserved," said Gibbs.
Gibbs said the promise of Quip Slides is that the interactive tools embedded into the software can enable teams to skip meetings. "If we can find a way to make slides more interactive there's an opportunity to skip a meeting and get an hour back," said Gibbs. Google has also pitched time savings with its latest Gmail and G Suite overhaul.
In addition, Slides will have real-time connections to spreadsheets as well as Salesforce data. This connection to real data can keep decks current. Quip will also have live apps and integration with Box and Dropbox content.
Features being added to Quip include social slides, integrations with Salesforce and the Live Apps with Dropbox and Box. The additions round out the Quip platform and make it more of a suite. Slides will have built-in chat, commenting and co-editing, charting, interactive feedback prompts and engagement insights.
A demo of Quip Slides highlighted a familiar interface relative to other presentation apps, commenting, collaboration and charting. Quip even added GIPHY integration.
Now the GIPHY integration may be a bridge to far for me, but you can see where Quip is heading with the collaboration and feedback vibe.
The most useful tool may be the connections to real-time data and polls available. The conversation history can also be handy.
Perhaps the most scary feature in Quip Slides is the Insights tab on engagement. Sure, folks want to see who--if anyone--read that deck you spent 3 days to create, but I tend to avoid decks as much as overzealous Slack usage. After all, there is work to do.
With Quip Slides Insights, I'd be busted as someone who doesn't open your dopey deck. "Insights does create a bit of engagement tension," said Gibbs.
He isn't kidding.
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