Microsoft Office got a new competitor today: IBM Lotus Symphony, a free desktop applications suite based on the Open Document Format (ODF).
IBM Lotus Symphony was previously tied to the Lotus Notes/Domino platform but is now available as standalone desktop applications software. Company executives and Lotus partners hope to attract business customers who don’t see the need to pay the license and renewal fees for Microsoft Office.
“The biggest thing it comes down to is cost,” said John Head, frameworks manager for PSC Group, a Lotus partner in Schaumburg, Ill. “Office is expensive. Most users don’t need all of Word and all of PowerPoint and all of Excel.”