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Lotus Symphony

A free office suite for Windows and Linux from IBM. Introduced in 2007. Containing word processor, spreadsheet and presentation graphics applications, Lotus Symphony natively supports the OpenDocument format and also imports Microsoft formats.

Programs in the Symphony suite are modern versions of earlier Lotus software, such as Lotus 1-2-3, the spreadsheet that helped popularize the IBM PC in the 1980s. For more information, visit http://symphony.lotus.com. See Symphony.
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Consumers, students, businesses, governments, universities and non-profit organizations around the world have saved many millions of dollars using IBM Lotus Symphony. While Symphony is free of charge to download and use by consumers and organizations, large businesses can opt to buy contracts for help desk support for a flat fee of just over $26,000 per year -- which still represents a significant savings over a Microsoft Office licensing agreement.
The capabilities will include mobile access to open document format-based IBM Lotus Symphony documents as well as presentations and spreadsheets; IBM Lotus Quickr Web 2.0 team software for individuals to find, access, share and work with business content such as documents, photos and videos; and improved IBM Lotus Connections functionality for access to activities, blogs and communities, in addition to the access already available to profiles and tags.A For developers, IBM and RIM have introduced BlackBerry platform support for IBM Lotus Domino Designer and XPages.
Linspire, Inc, San Diego, Calif., developer of CNR.com (http://www.cnr.com/), an easy-to-use, one-click digital software delivery service for desktop Linux software, and IBM, the world's biggest computer-services company, has announced the immediate availability of IBM Lotus Symphony 4.0 Beta to desktop Linux users worldwide through the one-click CNR.com software delivery service.
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