How will the iPad impact corporate presentations?
First, the size. It is too big to carry in a pocket, so I am not sure how much more convenient it would be compared to a netbook running a Windows operating system that can run full PowerPoint. Given the corporate IT structures, I think most IT departments would lean towards something they know instead of something that has more challenges when looking for more portability.
Second, the software. The full Office suite will not likely be available for a long time, if ever. So presenters will be using Keynote as the presentation software. I saw a report yesterday that said that it will read both PPT and PPTX file formats, which, if true, is a good thing. But as with any software reading files from different software, the compatibility is not 100%. The uncertainty over whether a feature will work after transported to Keynote will be a concern.
Third, the OS. While using the iPhone OS makes it familiar to the millions of users who own iPhones or iPod Touches, the OS has limitations, such as a lack of multi-tasking. With presentations incorporating content from other programs through hyperlinking, this limitation may become a problem for presenters. Again, the netbook running Windows that allows full use of PowerPoint features will provide stiff competition to the iPad for corporate presenters.
I am not sure whether the iPad is aimed at corporate usage or not. But if it is, these areas will need to be addressed before we see large scale adoption for presenters.