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NEW YORK, September 18, 2007 - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced IBM Lotus Symphony, a suite of free software tools for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
..IBM's move is akin to the company slamming the door on Microsoft Office. IBM has used its own productivity tools for quite some time, but today's announcement gives Symphony away to anyone who wants it -- everyday consumers, too, who have little to do with IBM's business offerings.
www.systeminetwork.com [systeminetwork.com] has more.
Last week, IBM announced its membership in OpenOffice.org. IBM has used some of the organization's open-source code in its solutions, and now IBM will contribute it's own code to the OpenOffice.org effort.
For now, I'll stick to my ten-year old copy of Word - it works under XP (but makes a good attempt at killing Vista completely).