SlideShare, the popular site for sharing your PowerPoint presentations on the social web, has just launched a new feature: the "SlideShare Ribbon,” a new add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint. With this add-in installed, you can share your PowerPoint presentation from within Microsoft Office – with no need to navigate to the SlideShare web site to do so. But the add-in offers much more than just a simple upload tool – from the SlideShare toolbar you can also manage all your SlideShare uploads from PowerPoint, search through presentations on SlideShare, browse your contacts and groups’ presentations and also download them into PowerPoint. In other words, SlideShare makes PowerPoint social.
SlideShare’s ribbon is a great example of how Software plus Services (S+S) can work. It shows how the web can enhance your current software, without having to move an entire application to the web to do so. Instead, the web becomes a component of the software. With the new SlideShare ribbon for example, accessing the social network built around PowerPoint files is now something that can be seamlessly integrated into the desktop app for a true S+S experience.
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