IBM Offers Symphony as a Free Alternative to Microsoft Office

Ainsley Jones

IBM is targeting Microsoft Office customers by offering Office-compatible Lotus Symphony software free of charge. IBM, along with third-party developers, are also creating a number of widgets to take advantage of the productivity software's support for a wide range of widgets.


IBM is positioning its offering as a cost-effective Office alternative, according to SFGate. The move comes as Microsoft faces legal troubles over Microsoft Word, arguably the lynchpin of its productivity suite, says The Inquirer.

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Sep 15, 2009 6:29 AM George George  says:

IBM's offering is still based on the old OpenOffice source code. This means it is still going to be slow on startup, I am not even to mention how long it is going to take to open a document.

Then there is the probem with document compatibility. ODF is not compatible between open source office suites. That goes for the MS Word doc format too(OpenOffice >> MS Office and back).

This so called poaching is not going to happen, people believe in MS products because they work and are completely stable. The documents keep their formatting when transported between computers unlike ODF in open source office suites.

When it comes to free office suites, you should rather try SSuite Office for a free office suite. They have a whole range of office suites that are free for download.

Their software also don't need to run on Java or .NET, like so many open source office suites,  so it makes their software very small and efficient.

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