Oracle launches Cloud Office, eyes Google, Microsoft

Summary:Oracle rolled out Cloud Office, an effort to grab a piece of the online productivity suite pie. If successful, Oracle's Cloud Office could compete with Google and Microsoft among others. Oracle also launched Open Office 3.3.

Oracle on Wednesday rolled out Cloud Office, an effort to grab a piece of the online productivity suite pie. If successful, Oracle's Cloud Office could compete with Google and Microsoft among others.

In a statement, Oracle billed its Cloud Office as a Web and mobile suite that "enables Web 2.0-style collaboration and mobile document access." Cloud Office promises promises compatibility with Microsoft Office and integration with Open Office 3.3, which was also launched Wednesday. On a blog post, Oracle provides a demonstration video and other data.

With the effort, Oracle has built in hooks to its enterprise applications. For instance, Open Office 3.3 connects with Oracle's business intelligence and E-Business Suite as well as Sharepoint. Like previous versions Open Office is built on the open document format (ODF).

Here's Oracle's data sheet on Open Office.

Topics: Oracle, Collaboration, Emerging Tech, Open Source, Software

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