Another open source desktop applications suite, backed by a major vendor, is out today.
IBM launched Lotus Symphony, a free, downloadable software package for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations using the Open Document Format. The announcement comes a week after IBM joined OpenOffice.org and Microsoft lost its bid to get its alternative format, OOXML, approved in Europe. In a press release posted on IBM’s Lotus Web site, the company touted Symphony’s capability to help users share information more easily.
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“With the Open Document Format, businesses can unlock their information, making it universally accessible on any platform and on the Web in highly flexible ways,” said Steve Mills, a senior vice president and group executive.
Last month, Google made Sun’s StarOffice — which is based on the open source OpenOffice suite — available for free through its Google Pack downloads. In that SearchITChannel.com story, Microsoft Office faces challenge from Google, Sun, experts say that StarOffice could give users a viable alternative to the market-leading Microsoft Office.
Do you think IBM Lotus Symphony can do the same?