It was just about a month ago that Google announced that they were indeed working on some sort of presentation system for Google Docs & Spreadsheets, and the first signs have started to peak out. Tony Ruscoe pointed out a link that appears on PowerPoint files when he receives them in his email, and the link offers the option to view the presentation as a slideshow:
If he clicks on that link he is taken to a Flash-based player that lets him view the presentation:
You’ll notice that the right-click menu also offers several options that control the navigation through the presentation, and even the ability to embed the presentation on your own site. Tony said that embedding the presentation doesn’t work quite yet because it tries to access an internal site at Google, which means they are definitely still working on this.
I tried to do this in three of my Gmail accounts and didn’t see the link in any of them. I thought there might still be some hope because Tony noticed the link for the “View as Slideshow” option is actually the same as the “View as HTML” option, except that disp=vah is changed to disp=vgp in the URL. I tried opening up the “View as HTML” option and changing that parameter, but I received an error message. :(
Keep your eyes open, because I’m sure we’ll be seeing some more about this!