Oracle Launches Cloud Office Productivity Suite

Enterprise IT giant Oracle has launched its own cloud-based productivity suite Cloud Office to take on Google and Microsoft.

The new Cloud Office suit was launched along side the new version of OpenOffice, which Oracle inherited from the Sun Microsystems acquisition.

The company said that OpenOffice 3.3 is optimised for Oracle customers as it is programmed to work with Oracle Business Intelligence tools, Oracle E-Business Suite and other Oracle enterprise tools. The productivity suite is also compatible with Cloud Office 1.0, which supports Microsoft Office legacy formats and is based on the Open Document Format (ODF).

According to the company, the new OpenOffice variant is more stable and compatible with other products than ever before.

Oracle is pushing hard into the cloud services market to compete with Microsoft's Office 365 and Google Docs.

The company has already made its key enterprise software available on Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute platform. Oracle said that Cloud Connect 1.0 will be available an on-premise, on-demand or SaaS solution.