SAAS-based presentation service adds to VMware's growing catalog of applications that can be deployed across any device via the cloud.
VMware on April 26 acquired
a new whiz-bang feature to add to its growing stock of cloud-based products: SlideRocket,
an online business-presentation service that competes directly against Microsoft
PowerPoint and Adobe PDF.
Terms of the transaction to
purchase the 25-person, San Francisco-based company were not disclosed by
SlideRocket, founded in
2007, is currently being used by about 20,000 licensees and distributed to some
300,000 users to create, share and store presentations in the cloud.
The services enables users
to create presentations and easily add such features as video, Twitter feeds,
various types of charts and graphs, and embedded financial data widgets with
real-time information updates, SlideRocket founder and CTO Mitch Grasso told
here to see a video on how it works
"This is all about
taking this 25-year-old technology that's PowerPoint and reinventing it for the
Web," Grasso told eWEEK. "This really brings the ability to integrate
collaboration as it needs to be with the tools and to provide different levels
of security and analytics that weren't possible with a desktop tool.
"It also allows the
move into mobile-both for authoring and consuming a presentation, and just
improving the authoring experience across the board."
Presentation software is
second only to email as the most widely used business software, VMware VP and
General Manager Brian Byun said.
"The modern end-user
environment is mobile, social, collaborative and delivered via the cloud-characteristics
that legacy PC-era technologies could never have anticipated," Byun said.
"SlideRocket's cloud-based architecture, design and integration with other
cloud applications and services have transformed a decades-old
SlideRocket features online
authoring, editing and access, combined with built-in collaboration and version
control; a Web-based interface; the ability to add dynamic data feeds from sources,
such as Google, Twitter and financial services; and shared access, both online
and offline, across a range of end-user devices, from desktops to mobile
devices and tablets.
The new VMware product also
offers real-time viewer feedback and analytics to capture key usage metrics, to
provide insight into presentation effectiveness.
SlideRocket has a
marketplace that offers an online resource for browsing and purchasing content,
including themes, stock photography, graphics, data feeds, audio, video,
illustrations, animations and plug-ins. The publishing model enables slides to
be accessed via a URL, embedded in a Web page or blog, or shared in an online
preferences allow authors to control publishing, printing, viewing and password
rights, Grasso said. Users create new presentations using a full set of
browser-based professional authoring tools built into SlideRocket or quickly
import existing legacy presentation applications into the SlideRocket environment,
protecting existing content investments.
SlideRocket comes in a range
of price points starting at free, Grasso said.
"VMware and SlideRocket
share an affinity for seizing big opportunities to reinvent how people work,
and we are aligned in our vision for the future of cloud applications-it's a
future where work becomes collaborative, social, mobile, and even fun!"
CEO Chuck Dietrich wrote in his blog.