We’ve featured “the cloud” before in presentations given by Microsoft luminaries such as Steve Ballmer and Bob Muglia. Their presentations noted how “the cloud” would soon be the principal way in which businesses would acquire and use software. Ten years ago we knew it as “software as a service”.
So the fact that the cloud has now engulfed SlideRocket, the presentation software business shouldn’t be that surprising.
California-based VMware has bought SlideRocket to reinforce its suite of business application software. Their virtualisation software already provides the user link between data storage and operating servers. Now, with the SlideRocket presentation application they can deliver a fuller set of user applications…all delivered remotely.
SlideRocket’s presentation capability is pretty strong. The team at PC World rated its performance in a set of tests and it’s a definite consideration for any business looking for an alternative to PowerPoint as a presentation manager. It’s fully featured and robust. If there was any concern made by the PC World team it was that the product might be over-featured. That’s, no doubt, something that the VMware team can tackle. Separate suites of presentation software, utilities and features might well be available for different user levels.
Perhaps there is a silver lining to all this cloud hyperbole.
Update 7 November 2013:
SlideRocket’s slide into the larger entity ClearSlide is almost complete. There are issues for existing users of the SlideRocket system. It certainly appears that the entry level presentation service will not survive the take-over. Expect to pay!
You can still download your presentations for safekeeping in the meantime. Full details are on the SlideRocket web site. Quite how much functionality will be in those presentations is anyone’s guess.
The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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