Google’s pushing hard into the productivity space on iOS, and continuing to build out its own microecosystem on Apple’s mobile operating system. Earlier this year, the company started to split off functionality from its Google Drive app, releasing individual apps for both word-processing and spreadsheets. Now the company’s completed the trifecta by releasing an iOS version of Slides, its presentation app.
As with Docs and Sheets, Slides aims to bring the ability to create, view, and edit documents from your Google account, both online and offline, on any of your iOS devices. You can rearrange slides, add text, tweak formatting, add shapes, and so on—just as you can via the Web-based interface. Google Slides even allows you to invite friends and colleagues to collaborate, letting you jointly build or edit a presentation. And when you’re ready to run that slideshow for an audience, you can do so directly from your device.
In addition to the release of Slides, Google also rolled out one feature to all three of its productivity suites, with updates to the Docs and Sheets apps on Monday: All now fully support the ability to open, edit, and save to their Microsoft Office equivalents. So the next time a colleague emails you a PowerPoint presentation when you’re away from your computer, you can open it right inside Slides; the same goes for Word and Excel files.
Like Docs and Sheets, Slides is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, though it requires iOS 7 and a Google account.