IBM’s Lotus Symphony targets Office

Google’s new presentation application – blogged by Jack earlier – isn’t the only piece of free office software announced today: IBM has also decided to join the fray, with a suite of software it is calling Lotus Symphony.

Symphony (which re-uses the name of an earlier Lotus product) is a desktop product based on the OpenOffice code, and offers free documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Sounds familiar, eh?

IBM blogger Ed Brill says we should be able to predict where we’re headed: “Tie this in with last week’s announcement of IBM joining the community, and you can logically see where this is going”.