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Jan 13, 2011


After Microsoft and Google, Oracle is now also in the race as supplier of data center hardware and software products. Oracle revealed this week its web based Oracle Cloud Office and Oracle Open Office 3.3 productivity applications to compete with Microsoft Office 365 and Google Docs.When Oracle bought Sun Micro Systems in January, it acquired the open technology on which both these suites are based. Oracle claims that these applications will provide users with the facility of collaborating creation and editing of documents through a browser.Oracle intends to introduce this product as a low costing alternative in competition of other similar providers especially Microsoft Office.
The features of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database and drawing applications are all part of the combined suites named as the Oracle Office. These suites also present the possibility of sharing files with Microsoft Office.Both the applications are compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux computers, whereas they are also compatible with web browsers and SmartPhone applications such as Apple’s iphone and Windows Phone 7.Oracle Open Office is especially designed for users of enterprise and new connectors to Oracle Business Intelligence is offered through the release of 3.3. Oracle E-Business suites and other applications are also available including Microsoft Share Point.
The Oracle Cloud Office 1.0 is a Web and mobile Office application suite for collaboration and mobile document access. It can be used on-premise or as a service deployment. Oracle claims that the cost of this product is lower than five times the cost incurred on Microsoft’s licensing.
With the introduction of this new cloud enterprises can benefit by reducing costs and simultaneously increase efficiency levels and gain speed innovations. Customers can now support a variety of different devices, may it be through desktops, private or public cloud.Oracle also announced this week the release of MySQL 5.5, which is a new release OF open-source database. It offers improved performance, scalability and availability for supporting large scale web applications.

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