Oracle Updates OpenOffice for On-Site, Cloud Deployments
UPDATED: The alternative office application package competes in the on-site marketplace most often with Microsoft Office and on the Web with Google Docs.Open-source advocates have been wondering where OpenOffice, Sun Microsystems' office applications suite alternative, was going to land following the acquisition of the company by Oracle. Now there's news on this front. Oracle renewed its commitment to the product on Dec. 15 when it launched two rebranded professional versions of the package: OpenOffice 3.3 for desktops and laptops, and a hosted version, Oracle Cloud Office 1.0, for mobile devices.
Each of them is available in two editions: Enterprise ($90) and Standard ($50) for on-premises editions. Pricing for cloud deployment in an enterprise is handled on a per-seat basis.
OpenOffice in any form produces both Open Document Format (ODF) and Microsoft Office documents, including word docs, spreadsheets and slide show presentations.
The free version of OpenOffice is still available for download from the open source community at OpenOffice.org and remains so under Oracle's direction as its primary sponsor.
In 2002, Sun relaunched its professional version of StarOffice for a fee, which has evolved into Oracle Open Office. Besides enterprise features such as migration tools and enterprise connectors, it also offers indemnification, easier upgrading, and consistent releases and patches.
Editor's note: This story was updated to add detail on the free version of OpenOffice.