I have written often about cloud-based applications, especially productivity programs, such as Google Docs, Zoho Docs, and Microsoft Office Web Apps. Now Oracle has joined in with the company's own products.
Oracle Cloud Office is billed 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 at http://blogs.oracle.com/office/2010/12/oracle_announces_oracle_cloud_office_and_oracle_open_office_33_1.html, Oracle provides a demonstration video and other data.
Two things caught my eye in the announcement:
- Unlike Google Docs and Zoho Docs, Oracle Cloud Office is not free to the private user. Instead, the Standard Edition costs $49.95 for a perpetual license and an Enterprise Edition costs $90.
- Oracle Cloud Office can be used on iPhones as well as on any Windows, Macintosh, or Linux computer, and on any other operating system that provides a Web browser.
You can learn more at the Oracle Cloud Office web site at http://www.oracle.com/us/products/applications/open-office/index.html