IBM has joined the battle for cloud-computing supremacy, launching its own IBM Docs software.
With Google and Microsoft also both releasing their own cloud programmes, 2012 looks set to be the year that the online collaboration service really takes off. IBM Docs was unveiled in a short video that hinted at a word processing application, spreadsheets and slide presentation software.
The software will be linked into the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business suite, which has become the new name given to IBM LotusLive. The move sees a three-way tussle between the technology giants, with Google Docs and Microsoft Office 365 also available for cloud-computers.
IBM has said its cloud offering will allow organisations, both inside and outside the firewall, to collaborate on documents and to improve productivity. Document authors will be able to store and share in the IBM SmartCloud, co-edit in real time and assign users separate sections to allow private editing.
IBM has said that IBM Docs is now in beta and will be available later this year.
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