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IBM backs OpenOffice with its own version called IBM Lotus Symphony

Few will argue that Microsoft Office is the dominant player in the office applications realm with its Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications. Open source applications that are comparable to Microsoft Office have been available for a long time now from sources like OpenOffice.org.

However, OpenOffice has never really been a threat to Microsoft’s Office suite of software, which is Microsoft’s number two moneymaker right behind the Windows operating system. The open source movement is gaining another big proponent, however, now that IBM that plans to push OpenOffice software alongside Google and Sun.

IBM is offering a free suite of applications developed from source code used in OpenOffice called IBM Lotus Symphony. Lotus Symphony will be available for download directly from the IBM website and will include components that directly compete against Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

While IBM engineers have been working with OpenOffice technology prior to the announcement of Lotus Symphony, IBM announced that they will have 35 full-time programmers working on the project and will contribute code to the OpenOffice initiative.

IBM made a similar move when it first backed the open source operating system Linux with its engineers and marketing dollars as an alternative to the market leading Windows Server operating systems. Linux now competes head to head with Microsoft in the server OS arena thanks in part to IBM and its Linux marketing push.



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RE: Symphony
By kmmatney on 9/18/2007 5:17:56 PM , Rating: 2
They probbly still have a copyright on the symphony name from the old DOS software - so might as well reuse it.


RE: Symphony
By stevenplatt on 9/18/2007 5:44:53 PM , Rating: 2
What are you guys talking about?! I wasn't born in 1985. But i digress. I am more than impressed with IBM's efforts in the software arena. I work for a fortune 500 which uses IBM Domino/Lotus Notes server/client. We also use their Sametime Connect software. They are well on their way to creating an all inclusive environment much like what Microsoft and Apple have established. I can't wait to see the finished result.


RE: Symphony
By Gul Westfale on 9/18/2007 5:56:39 PM , Rating: 2
more choice is always good, especially when it's free.


RE: Symphony
By TomZ on 9/19/2007 9:48:45 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
They probbly still have a copyright on the symphony name from the old DOS software - so might as well reuse it.

That would be a trademark, not a copyright. The software itself would have a copyright, but the name of the software would have a trademark.


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