Nowadays, all users are looking for freeware solutions, able to replace the old ones which were acquired for considerable fees and that provided excellent functionality. For example, Microsoft's Office is just one of the solutions that are continuously attacked by similar products such as OpenOffice or Google Apps, all of them sustaining they can provide at least the same functionality but along with a freeware license. Today's hot product is a service that can
compete with Microsoft Office in only one category: the presentation tool. Preezo
is a free web-based service that provides the basic functions needed to design an attractive presentation, being compatible with Firefox 1.5 and IE 6 (or newer versions).
The short description published on the official page of the product is quite relevant for the purpose of the service: "Preezo is an Ajax web application that gives you the power to create and share professional quality presentations over the web without software or plugins. Goodbye, PowerPoint. Hello, Preezo!"
The bad thing about this technology is that you're not able to export the files on your computer and use them with PowerPoint. Instead of this, the files are automatically saved on the Preezo's servers and can be accessed from any location using the username and password. Preezo is somehow similar with Google Docs & Spreadsheets because it also saves the files on the service but the search giant's product also allows you to export the files in Office-compatible formats.
However, Preezo has several interesting slide show features. For example, you're able to view the slide show by pressing a single button, email the show and view it at any time, publish the show on an automatically generated link or embed the show into another website or even blog.
Preezo can be very useful if you want a PowerPoint alternative that provides only the basic functions. But, let's be honest, it is quite difficult to build a web-based technology that would be able to compete with Microsoft's tool and, if there's a company that can do it, I bet it is Google.