‘Presently’ should be used with care until the Anglo-American difference of meaning has been resolved.
“Usage note: presently. In both British English and North American English, presently can mean ‘soon’ or ‘after a short time’: I’ll be with you presently. In North American English the usual meaning of presently is ‘at the present time’ or ‘now’: She is presently living in Milan. ◇ There is presently no cure for the disease. This use is becoming more accepted in British English, but at present or currently are usually used.”¹
Presently has two meanings:
However, there's rarely ambiguity, since the time contexts will differ between the two meanings. Together with a future sense, presently always has the meaning of in a little while (and both the UK and the US use it this way):
And when used with the present tense, presently always means currently (unusual in the UK):
The moral: prefer at present or similar word/phrase to presently when you mean now. As the context of your quote says:
The standard usage of presently, means: very soon, after short period of time which most expert and professionals uses. However, others contend that it's right if you mean: at the moment, now etcetra
Thank you for your interest in this question.
Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.
Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?