Lotus Symphony – no more Office for me

New resolution people:

Starting today, I will use only Lotus Symphony for day-to-day word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. I’ve been using Lotus Symphony for some time now, in conjunction with Office, but no more. My goal is to demonstrate it’s possible to un-install MS Office, except for the ‘power’ users – those that require advanced editing features. I will post status reports on my work with Lotus Symphony, the good and the bad. I guess IdeaJam will help me push new ideas forward…

Lotus Symphony is based on Open Office suite, totally free of charge, and supports multiple languages – including Hebrew of course.
Lotus Symphony is Eclipse based, so you can add plugins and even develop your own, with the toolkit. Individuals and businesses will love the ability to export documents to PDF, straight from the box.

Coming Monday, the 18th, at SWG Community Day, I will demonstrate the full Lotus Collaboration Suite – Notes/Domino 8, with Lotus Sametime (VoIP enabled), Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr and Lotus Symphony. Look out for the live demo at the networking area, between 14:30-15:30. My colleague, Alex, will show you how collaboration is done at IBM. How we utilize Lotus collaboration tools to >350,000 employees. How many IMs (chats) are handled a day? What people blog about? What communities they join? What web-pages they view (internal/external)? In short, it’s gonna be exciting…
Register now at ibm.com/il/news/events/community .

3 Responses to “Lotus Symphony – no more Office for me”

  1. 1 Bruce February 13, 2008 at 16:31

    Please take some pictures at the demo and post them to your blog. I too have thought about making the switch. Good luck with the demo.

  2. 2 Chris Pepin February 13, 2008 at 17:33

    There is a larger effort inside IBM to reduce our dependency on MS Office and leverage Symphony. Widely deploying Notes 8.0, with the integrated productivity tools, is a big part of this plan

  3. 3 Dvir Reznik February 14, 2008 at 00:27

    Don’t worry about pictures from the event/demo, Bruce – my Nokia N95 is ready for action.. and I’ll discuss the outcome of the event right here.

    After half-day work, I must say it’s more intuitive than I thought. Some icons and commands are laid out differently, but I’m sure it’s configurable. We’ll let you know soon.


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