IBM Lotus Symphony Office SuiteGoogle Apps users, individuals without the cash to shell out for a new copy of MS Office, there is another FREE alternative in town. OpenOffice has been making headway with millions of users worldwide, however today IBM announced their free office suite, IBM Lotus Symphony.

This fully featured suite provides for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. Business can test the waters and opt for IBM suppport as a paid service option. Symphony also adheres to the ODF open-document format, an existing international standard being challenged by Microsoft in favor of their own, newly defined format.

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How is Lotus Symphony different?

You’re in charge! Lotus Symphony is based on the Open Document Format (ODF) standard-which means you’re not locked into proprietary file formats, software licensing agreements and upgrades. Finally, free tools and freedom of choice!

Can Lotus Symphony handle my existing files?

With Lotus Symphony, you can import, edit and save a variety of file formats including Microsoft Office files. You can even export your documents to Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF). The tools work with computers running both Microsoft Windows and Linux- environments, with support for Apple Macintosh planned for the future.

Feel free to download your copy here.