September 2, 2007
Google Presentations and JotSpot Could Be Available Next Week
Google will participate at the Office 2.0 Conference that takes place next week in San Francisco. Jonathan Rochelle, Product Manager at Google Spreadsheets, will be there:
"Almost a year ago - it was October 10-11, 2006, actually - I participated in the Office 2.0 conference where we (Google) announced the combination of two of our collaborative content creation/editing products: Spreadsheets, which was in Labs at the time, and the Word Processing product formerly known as Writely. Google Docs & Spreadsheets won't even be 11 months old when this year's Office 2.0 conference is held.... which is really just a shocking (to me) reminder of how young this space is."
This conference seems the perfect place for launching the much-anticipated presentation app. Google announced in April that the "due date is this summer" and made two acquisitions: Tonic Systems and Zenter.
Another Google acquisition, JotSpot, could also be integrated into Google Docs. JotSpot's help center is already hosted at google.com, the same as JotSpot's discussion board. In January, JotSpot launched "the last JotSpot version produced before the migration [to Google's infrastructure] occurs", while in July, Dave Girouard announced that JotSpot will be a part of Google Apps.
After all, if Google launched Docs & Spreadsheets at the Office 2.0 Conference, it makes sense to showcase its evolution there.
Update (Sept. 7): No Google announcement at the conference. A new information about JotSpot's development is that it could replace Google Page Creator.