The service is said to be called “Presently” and is based in part on code from Zenter and Tonic Systems, two companies Google acquired earlier this year.
Presentations have long been the missing link in Google’s attempts to provide a full office suite that challenges market leader Microsoft Office. The Powerpoint clone was first rumored in February then confirmed by Google CEO Eric Schmidt in April. More recently Google integrated Powerpoint viewing functionality into Gmail.
If a launch of Presently is coming shortly, the timing is perfect for Google, given that they have this week announced a deal with global consulting firm Capgemini to distribute their office package.