Google completes its iOS productivity suite with new Slides app

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Until today, Google had free apps for making documents and spreadsheets on iOS: Google Docs and Google Sheets. To complete the trifecta, Google Slides has been released in the App Store for creating Powerpoint-like presentations.

Google is gunning hard at Apple’s iWork apps and Microsoft’s Office 365 suite. Docs, Sheets and Slides are not only completely free, but they have offline mode and the ability to convert and edit Microsoft Office files.

“With today’s launch of the Slides app for iPhone & iPad and updates to the Docs and Sheets apps, we’re delivering on our promise to make it possible for you to work with any file, on any device, any time,” said Google in an announcement. “You can now create that grocery list, edit that spreadsheet, and update that slide deck with no problem.”

Using Google’s cloud syncing, files are kept up to date between different apps and web versions. So you could open a Powerpoint file in Slides and edit it on the go from your iPad. The app’s interface looks pretty nice.

Apple still offers a compelling productivity suite now that Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are free downloads. But Microsoft charges an Office 365 subscription to edit documents from its Office apps. Google now offers a complete, iOS-native productivity suite that’s cross-platform and totally free.

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