Following OpenOffice.org, another free office suite backed by a major company is now available. This time, the company is IBM, and as CNet reports, the office suite is dubbed Lotus Symphony.
Lotus Symphony is available from IBM's website as a beta for Windows and Linux, and it's made up of just three apps: Documents, a word processor, as well as the self-explanatory Presentations and Spreadsheets. All three apps are based on the Open Document Format, and they can import, edit, and save files from Microsoft Office. Exporting documents in PDF format is possible, as well.
The introduction of Lotus Symphony as a free product could be seen as an effort by IBM to compete against OpenOffice.org. However, IBM announced last week that it was joining the OpenOffice.org project. Big Blue intends to have 35 programmers working on the project and to use code from the project in its own software.