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Google Planning Presentation Software

Google refused to confirm or deny that it is working on presentation software that could compete with Microsoft's PowerPoint application.

When it comes to finding corporate secrets, Google's search engine is no match for the nosiness of crowds.

On Sunday, a blogger identifying himself as Ionut Alex Chitu, who maintains the Google Operating System blog, posted a copy of a Google Docs & Spreadsheets data file that indicates Google is working on an online presentation tool called Presently.

Asked about this, Google declined to confirm or deny that it is working on presentation software. However, the name is plausible given that Google Docs used to be called Writely.

"We're continually exploring opportunities to expand our offerings but we have nothing to announce at this time," said a Google spokesperson via e-mail.

Adding presentation software that works like Microsoft's PowerPoint application to Google's other online applications would give the search company a more complete suite of online apps that seem poised to compete against Microsoft's Office suite of applications.

The removal of any mention of "Presently" from the file following the disclosure suggests that Google sees this as a matter of some sensitivity. The deleted information indicates that Presently's full-screen mode requires the disabling of any popup blocker and that the software currently supports zooming and theme customization but not the Opera browser.

Last July, blogger Corsin Camichel made a similar discovery about Google's rumored Gdrive online storage service and posted a screenshot that indicated Google was developing on such a service under the code name "Platypus." Google has denied there is any such service in development.

Editor's note: This story was changed Feb. 6 to correct the spelling of Corsin Camichel.

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