IBM today announced IBM Lotus Symphony, a suite of free software tools for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Starting today users can download this office software for any purpose they need, whether it be academic, business or personal and did I mention, it’s free.
There are three core applications that make up the Lotus Symphony tools: Lotus Symphony Documents, Lotus Symphony Presentations and Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets. These software tools, which support Windows and Linux desktops, are designed to handle the majority of office productivity tasks that workers perform on a daily basis.
Lotus Symphony supports multiple file formats including Microsoft Office and Open Document Format, and also can output content in PDF format. Users will also get tools like Lotus Notes 8 and have editor functionality in everyday desktop and business applications.
According to IBM the software increases user productivity, and provides a fresh, people-oriented way to create, contribute and reuse content instantly across a wide range of applications. Due to the fact it is based on ODF, Lotus Symphony allows organizations to access, use and maintain all their documents for the long-term, with no worries of ongoing software licensing and royalty fees.
IBM is confident that the Lotus Symphony software can help businesses complete tasks more rapidly and efficiently by connecting to relevant information from a variety of sources. Companies can integrate IBM Lotus Symphony tools into their custom applications and start accessing data right away.