Posts Tagged 'lotus symphony'

CRN: The 10 Coolest Open Source Products of 2008

CRN are continuing with their ‘Top 10‘ series to wrap up 2008 with this list of ‘The 10 Coolest Open Source Products of 2008‘. This time the focus is at the open source community, that has much more to offer than (just) Linux OS. Open source products will grow bigger in market share in 2009, as companies and individuals alike are looking for ways to cut down costs. Obviously, IBM’s own Lotus Symphony, which is based on, is included in this list, coming in at #3, just after Linux OS and OpenOffice 3.0. Here’s what CRN had to say about Symphony:

IBM has taken great pains to position itself as more of a middleware company than a desktop productivity software company, but diverged from that path a bit in 2008. By launching and upgrading its IBM Lotus Symphony suite of productivity apps based on, IBM is once again using the Lotus brand to take aim against Microsoft on the desktop.

CRN – The 10 Coolest Open Source Products of 2008

IBM: week in review

It’s been a hectic week, especially the last 2 days, and I had little time to comment about recent IBM/Lotus related events. When I saw this evening that our employee portal (w3 On Demand Workplace) has been updated with Lotus Symphony’s 2008 Product of the Year Award, I knew it was time to post.

Lotus Symphony wins CRN 2008 Product of the Year Award

Lotus Symphony acts much like Microsoft Office, which is good if you are looking for something to replace Office at a fraction of the cost (free!)… The Office 2007 installation here at the Test Center by default saves documents in the Office 97-2003 format (in the interest of backward-compatibility) so there were no problems editing files created in Symphony under Office 2007, or vice versa. The Test Center found Symphony a snap to use, and switching to Symphony after years of using Microsoft Office was painless.

Link: CRN (ChannelWeb) Best Products of 2008

Asteroid hits office building, servers are down
Bilal, my colleague across the pond, has launched (along with the Lotus Foundations team of course) the first ‘official’ IBM viral campaign in recent years (‘The Art of The Sale‘ preceded it, but was more a parody than a solution advertising).

Link: Lotus Foundations Ad Campaign is live! Office Panics!

Web Conferencing in the Clouds
After Lotus Notes and Domino have reached the skies, it was only a matter of time before Lotus Sametime will fly high as well. IBM’s award winning IM solution have been sporting a web version for a long time, that only improved with Web Dialogs’ acquisition. Lotus Sametime Unyte now available in version 8.2, with a new distribution partnership to InterCall’s customers around the world.

Link: IBM Delivers New Cloud Service for Web Conferencing

New: Lotus SocialText Community Wiki
My dear friend Alan Lepofsky has started the Lotus SocialText Community Wiki, a place for Lotus lovers to contribute, connect and create pages. What can you do at the wiki?

  • Create you own pages. Have some information you want to share? Questions you want to ask? Feedback you want to give?
  • Edit pages created by others. That is what wikis are all about! Please help keep the content accurate and up to date.
  • Comment on pages. I know you have opinions!
  • Tag pages. What attributes do you think of when looking at a page?
  • Follow people. This will let you easily see the updates they have made.
  • Tag people. Find people will specific skills. Group like people together.
  • Customize your Dashboard. It’s all about organizing your digital world!

Join now and help spread the Lotus joy 🙂

Link: Get Your Lotus Wiki On

The Australian: OpenOffice shakes Microsoft

The Australian released an excellent opinion article, covering the latest version of OpenOffice, 3.0, launched under a month ago around the world. The 3.0 release also introduced Mac support to the open source software.

Here at Doubleclick we’ve been using OpenOffice 3.0 for some weeks and we must say it’s getting harder and harder to see why average users would want to shell out several hundred dollars for MS Office.

Microsoft has been working hard over the past year or so (around the time Ray Ozzie sat in the captain’s chair) to release a lighter, web-based version of Microsoft Office. The license issue hasn’t been officially announced, yet. With OpenOffice 3.0‘s staggering 12 million downloads – which means Microsoft is down $2.5 billion on ‘lost’ Office suites so far – you can understand why Microsoft is working hard and fast.

The next release of Lotus Symphony will be based on OO 3.0, which will improve Sympohny’s ratings considerably.

The Australian – OpenOffice shakes Microsoft
ComputerWorld – Office web will be available from Mac, Linux, iPhone
IBM commits to the future of ODF and presents Lotus Symphony roadmap
Ed Brill visits Australia and New Zealand

Steve Mills: I compete with Microsoft everyday

Steve Mills, IBM SVP, Software Group, is responsible for the 33,000 software professionals working around the globe, in sales, development and services, cashing in $18B in revenues (2007) and accountable for 40% of IBM’s profit. It’s no secret that IBM and Microsoft compete in the messaging and collaboration space for some time, with both companies in it for the long run.

Last week during a visit to UAE, Steve outlined his views on the software business, IBM Software strategy, acquisitions and the competition of course.

I compete with Microsoft everyday, Mills says. That space is very competitive between the two companies. They’re endlessly attacking us. We’re endless attacking them and there is nothing more fun than to attack your competitor with ‘free’.

Link: – IBM wants to increase profits from software

Lotus Symphony Roadmap – Conference

China was the (other) center of attention this week, at the Conference in Beijing, where IBM committed to the future of ODF (Open Document Format) and presented a roadmap for Lotus Symphony, a free alternative for Microsoft Office suite (Word/Excel/PPT).

Earlier Nov. IBM released Symphony 1.2, which imporved the perfomance of the product, and also introduced a plugin library, specifically designed for Lotus Symphony. The next release of Symphony will be based on OO 3.0, that would allow for seamless operatibility for Office 2007 formats, and support Visual Basic macros. The latest release, 1.2, is also available for Mac OS (Beta), as well as Ubuntu Linux (Beta).

I’ve been using Lotus Symphony for several months now, and it does take some getting used to, but the features are quite the same, if you’re an average user, like me. If you’re a power user, you might miss some functionality, but there are ways to compensate for that.

The updated plugin library is a true asset, where the community shares its knowledge and expertise, with cool additions to the client. The one I liked the most is this cool one that allows you to export a presentation to a flash file (or .gif) – very nice !!

Time for the links:
Lotus Symphony –
IBM press release – IBM commits to future of ODF with Symphony roadmap
Keynote of Michael Karasick, IBM China Lotus Dev Labs Director, at OOoCon – IBM unviels Mac support, roadmap for Lotus Symphony – Sun, IBM launch ODF tools initiative
FoxBusiness – IBM commits to future of ODF with Symphony roadmap
Ed Brill – Symphony news from OOoCon Conference, Beijing 2008
Chris Pepin – Lotus Symphony 1.2 available
Old dogs, new tricks – it’s possible with Lotus Symphony

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