Oracle is set to take on Google and Microsoft in the business of the cloud. The Oracle Cloud is all about text, presentation and spreadsheet applications – offered as an enterprise service.

The apps are built around the Open Document Format (ODF) and come in four versions – all run on Windows, Mac and Linux systems (or on-site).

The Cloud Office Professional Edition; OpenOffice Enterprise Edition; Cloud Office Standard Edition, and finally, the OpenOffice Standard Edition. The Standard editions are $50 dollars cheaper at $40 per user, but with no support. The Professional and Enterprise editions have limited support.

Open Office 3.3 was also announced – providing new connectors to Oracle’s Business Intelligence and E-Business, and also Microsoft SharePoint. Michael Bremmer, Oracle Office vice president explained.

“Oracle Cloud Office and Oracle OpenOffice 3.3 deliver complete, open and cost-effective office productivity suites that are designed and optimized for our customers’ needs.” He adds. “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 is late taking on the managed applications field, but isn’t the phrase, ‘better late than never,’ a positive one? As for OpenOffice, there may be staff desertion, but it’s still open for business as usual.