Various sources report that Google will announce a web based spreadsheet application on Tuesday. This means that they offer a free web-based version of 3 of the 4 components of the standard version of Microsoft Office:
- Spreadsheets: Excel vs. Google
‘s 6/6/06 appSpreadsheets
- Email: Outlook vs. Gmail
- Word processing: Word vs. Writely
- Presentations: Powerpoint vs. [The Missing Link]
Given the challenges that many people have with good ppt usage, the 4th link could be grounds for a true revolution. In the meantime, there are resources like Presentation Zen to help us make the best of what’s around.