September 18th 2009

Move over Microsoft; more opensource on the way

Last week, IBM announced new improvements to its Lotus Symphony suite of productivity tools, a top contender to the popular Microsoft Office.

This comes after a patent infringement from a Toronto-based company over XML file formats in 2007, thereby removing Office Suites from store shelves over the next month.
Other Office-like programs include NeoOffice, Google Docs and OpenOffice, opensource productivity tools akin to the well-known group of programs. IBM aims to release their own, Symphony 2.0 in 2010.  This is the same time frame that Microsoft plans to launch their new version.

Symphony is currently a free download available for Mac, Windows, Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat Linux and Suse Linux.

Image courtesy of freshgeeks.com

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.