International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has announced the launch of its very own cloud-based online software suite called SmartCoud Docs that, according to some observers, is going to put up a great competition to Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

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Focusing on the enterprise needs of the professional office software suites, International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has developed SmartCloud in a way that it forms a segment of an enterprise’s corporate collaboration services with its web apps capable of document creation and editing, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as document sharing.

As part of Big Blue’s SmartCloud Engage Advanced business networkign and collaboration service, this office suite is initially available for FREE. Moreover, it charges $3 per user, per month, as an add-on to SmartCloud Engage Standard and the IBM Connections networking platform.

Gartner‘s analyst, Tom Austin, comments that, “If customers, the press, or analysts position this as going toe-to-toe with Google Docs, or frankly, for that matter, parts of [Microsoft] Office 365, they’re missing the fundamental differences between the vendors,”

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)’s focus is to acquire a major position in the fast paced market for revolutionary enterprise networking suites that cater to a user’s need to stay connected socially, not by targeting the department head or a branch office, but by selling social business to the whole organization.

Alistair Rennie, IBM’s general manager for social business, comments in a statement :”As the mobile workforce moves beyond gaining access to email and calendars to collaborate and generate new ideas and be more efficient anytime, anywhere, on any device, the intersection of social, mobile, and cloud becomes even more critical,”

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), to this date, has been offering its basic Google Apps for business for as low as $5 per user, per month. Its corporate apps are capable of word processing, document creation, and presentations with 25 GB of online storage. Microsoft is, on the other hand, perfecting Office 365, a cloud based version of Microsoft Office that offers online editions of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) offers its cloud based service for a price as low as $4 per user, per month for its standard edition.

With International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)’s software suite available on a slightly lower and otherwise a competitive price, chances are that the company is going to gain a much expected momentum in the enterprise social networking.