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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Google Acquires Tonic Systems, Announces Presentation App

Google say they’ve acquired Tonic Systems, who will help bring the rumored presentation software – like a PowerPoint online, perhaps, and maybe called “Google Presently” – to Google Docs & Spreadsheets. (How uncool, Google is now announcing their products, Microsoft-style, instead of just releasing them.)

From the Q&A on

Q. Who is Tonic Systems? What are their products?
A: Tonic Systems is a San Francisco-based company that provides Java presentation automation products and solutions for document management - Tonic Systems Builder, Tonic Systems Filter, Tonic Systems Transformer, Tonic Systems Viewer, and JarJar Links. Features of their products included text extraction for indexing documents, presentation creation capabilities and document conversion tools. (...)

Q. What does this mean for your customers?
A. Existing Tonic Systems’ partners will continue to have uninterrupted access to their accounts and will continue to receive maintenance in accordance to their existing maintenance agreements with Tonic Systems. Both Google and Tonic Systems are committed to supporting our customers, and we understand that users have invested a lot in our products. In the near-term, we’re focused on migrating Tonic Systems to Google’s systems and datacenters.

[Thanks Pau Tomàs, Brian and Hatem!]

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