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Oracle takes Open Office to the cloud

Oracle Cloud Office will compete with Google and Microsoft in offering cloud productivity solutions

Oracle takes Open Office to the cloud
Oracle's Cloud Office will deliver productivity solutions through several cloud models.

Oracle has staked its claim to the cloud productivity apps market, with the launch of Oracle Cloud Office.

The Oracle Cloud Office 1.0 suite will be a direct rival to established apps-in-the-cloud providers Google and Microsoft, based on the Open Office suite which Oracle acquired through its purchase of Sun Microsystems.

Oracle Cloud Office will offer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database and drawings, for web and mobile use. Like Open Office, the suite will be compatible with Microsoft Office, and will also include collaboration features such as document sharing, sticky notes, group reviewing, remote presentations, and joint viewing.

The service will be available as on-premise, on-demand, or software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployments, and will be compatible with mobile devices including smartphones. Oracle will also make Cloud Office available to telcos, ISPs and other service providers, so that they provide re-branded and customized versions to their customers.

"Oracle Cloud Office and Oracle Open Office 3.3 deliver complete, open and cost-effective office productivity suites that are designed and optimized for our customers' needs," said Michael Bemmer, vice president of Oracle Office. "Customers now have the flexibility to support users across a wide variety of devices and platforms, whether via desktop, private or public cloud. With Oracle Office, enterprises can reduce costs while helping to increase productivity and speed innovation."

Oracle also announced the latest version of Oracle Open Office. The new version Oracle Open Office 3.3, now includes new enterprise connectors to Oracle applications including Business Intelligence and E-Business Suite, and to Microsoft Sharepoint, for easy integration with existing enterprise software stacks.

The suite is available in standard and enterprise editions, and according to Oracle, can give five times lower reduce office productivity licensing costs compared to Microsoft Office.

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