Lotus Symphony: IBM’s office suite is back (in beta)

20 09 2007

IBM Just released a beta of its free office suite Lotus Symphony. The once forgotten, now resurrected suite seems to be coming along quite nicely, and has a few interesting and nice features.

“IBM® Lotus® Symphony™ has something for everyone, like a community-oriented site with tips, a template gallery and support to help you succeed. Businesses can gain more control over spiraling upgrade costs, while still protecting, accessing and maintaining documents well into the future. And for developers, Lotus Symphony tools support Microsoft® Windows® and Office applications, which means you can get even more from your current investments.”

I haven’t played around with it enough to make a judgment call on how well it stacks up against OpenOffice, or MS Office, but it is very aesthetically pleasing, and default ODF (Open Document Format) support is a plus. Unfortunately for now, it is Windows and Linux only, Mac users will probably have to wait until the official release.

IBM Lotus Symphony information page

Lotus Symphony download