Today Google announced that it had acquired the assets of Zenter, a small software developer, whose IP rounds out that obtained in the earlier acquisition of Tonic Systems in providing an online clone of Microsoft’s offline Office PowerPoint presentation development and display package.
Zenter was focusing on the front end of the application, as well as community/sharing features. It complements Tonic, which focused on the back end technology for converting powerpoint presentations into Java objects. Zenter takes a more social look at slide shows, letting users share their projects and incorporate content directly from the web, including Google Images.
As always, no one expects these online Office clones to have provide functional equivalence. Instead, the objective is for them to be “good enough” for many current Office users with the added benefit of easy sharing of documents. That may be good enough to eventually put a crimp in Microsoft’s Office cash cow.