IBM open-office app

Symphony launched

After joining Open­Office.org last month, IBM has released its own version of the group's open-source desktop applications suite in another bid to diminish the market dominance of Microsoft Office.

In a nod to the past, IBM dubbed its version Lotus Symphony, reusing the name of a DOS-based office suite sold by Lotus prior to its 1995 acquisition by IBM.

Forrester Research analyst Rob Koplowitz says that with IBM, Sun Microsystems and Google all now supporting OpenOffice.org's technology, the suite finally could become a more credible threat to Office.

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