Microsoft acquires PowerPoint Plug In developer LiveLoop
Once again Microsoft has bought a company. This time it is a small Californian startup company called LiveLoop, which got popular with developing a Plug In for Microsoft Office PowerPoint.
The Plug In from LiveLoop basically turns a Power Point presentation into an URL which can bee shared with colleagues and friends. Here is the detailed description from the website: “LiveLoop is an online service for sharing PowerPoint presentations and other documents. When you upload a PowerPoint presentation into LiveLoop, we turn it into a URL that can be shared with your colleagues and viewed on any device. If you ever want to send out a new version of the document, you can just click “Upload New Version” and select a new file. You will not need to send out a new URL, as everyone viewing that URL will be immediately updated with the new presentation, even if they are in the middle of viewing.”
Details about this agreement between the two companies haven’t been published by either one of the two yet, but since Microsoft has bought this little start up company this service will probably be directly integrated in the Power Point suite so that you do not have to install a Plug In first. Pretty good news, sounds like a very neat way to share PowerPoint presentation with multiple people at the same time.
On the LiveLoop website there is currently a statement to read which warns users that the service will be shut down on April 24th but there is no word about Microsoft or the future integration of this Plug In in PowerPoint.
Microsoft is currently working hard on the next version of Office for both Desktops as well as Smartphones and Tablets which is planned to be released some time next year. So we will see if Microsoft will finally implement this or not thought the chances are good that we will see this in a future version of Office. Let me know your opinion about this below in comments.