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SlideShare boosts mobile abilities with new HTML5-powered site

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Presentation sharing startup SlideShare on Tuesday launched a new HTML5-powered site that eliminates the need for Adobe Flash for slideshows and works seamlessly on mobile devices like Apple iPad and iPhone.

The popular service follows others like LinkedIn and Pandora that have based their sites completely on HTML5 to improve the mobile experience and work seamlessly on Apple iOS devices, which are growing more popular by the day and famously don’t support Flash in the browser.

“SlideShare Mobile is now available on the world’s biggest app store: the web,” said SlideShare co-founder and CTO Jon Boutelle, in a statement. “By choosing to build our site in HTML5 rather than develop native apps for several different platforms, we’ve made the SlideShare site and its content available to anyone on any platform.”

SlideShare allows people to easily share presentations, documents, and videos with virtually anyone. The new HTML5 site uses a patent-pending document conversion technology to render everything you’d normally find in a PowerPoint or Word doc into an HTML5 item. And the company claims the site now works 30 percent faster — something enterprise clients and sales teams will appreciate.

Ideally, the new site will support salespeople who have embraced tablets and mobile devices for giving and sharing presentations. Many of the site’s pages render differently on mobile than on the desktop, and mobile users can now view private content or content shared directly from friends. The site’s homepage, which you can see a glance above, has also been optimized for mobile, with quick access to recent presentations.

San Francisco, Calif.-based SlideShare has thus far raised $3 million in funding from Venrock, Dave McClure, Mark Cuban and Jonathan Abrams.


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