Oracle wants to get onto the cloud

After watching Google and Microsoft banging on about the cloud, it is perhaps inevitable that Larry Ellison is going to want a slice of the pie.

The cloud is all about storage and, until he bought Sun, Oracle was only really interested in databases.

The outfit has announced Oracle Cloud Office, which will allow users to create and edit documents collaboratively in the browser without having to rely on desktop software.

Version 1.1 of Oracle Cloud Office “enables a web 2.0-style collaboration,” says Oracle. It can even be uploaded on smartphones The online service works with Open Office documents as well as Microsoft’s Office.

However where every other cloud offering is nominally free, Ellison thinks that punters will pay for it.

He wants to flog it to businesses and ISPs as a way to create online presentations, spreadsheets, and other documents on the Web.

Also announced was Open Office 3.3, the Oracle backed Open Sauce software went into Beta. What is noticeable is that it has built-in integration with Cloud Office. The updated suite is largely geared towards enterprise users, with ways to connect to Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle E-Business Suite, and Microsoft Sharepoint.

Ironically, because of Oracle’s proprietary past, the whole model depends on Open Sauce and the open document standard.

Ellison has been angering the Open Saucers who effectively built these standards by being lukewarm about the technology. There are fears that he might bring the whole lot in house.

This led the makers of Open Office to largely defect to LibreOffice 3.3, which uses part of the OpenOffice 3.3 in a more open saucy way.