Lotus Symphony

This plug-in, which was demonstrated at Lotusphere 2012, is now available. As announced on the download page...The IBM Connections plug-in lets you add Lotus Symphony files to an activity or a files, create To Dos for activity users, post a Symphony document to a blog or a wiki, or search IBM Connec...

Doug Heintzman is Director of Strategy, IBM Collaboration Solutions. Doug has been involved in IBM's strategy around document productivity and editing for the last several years. Earlier this week, on the IBM Software blog, Doug explained IBM's Document Strategy going forward:The world is awash in u...

From the Lotus Symphony website: Lotus Symphony 3.0.1 is our latest release. There are many enhancements in this release including support for 1 million rows in spreadsheets, bubble charts and a new design for the home page.This will also likely be the last release of IBM's own fork of the OpenOffic...

A good roundup article highlighting the various alternatives in market to Office 2010. Lotus Symphony scores 3rd after Office itself and SoftMaker Office 2010 (never heard of this).Don't let the name fool you. IBM's Lotus Symphony suite has almost nothing to do with the earlier incarnations of the L...

Earlier today, IBM Lotus released Symphony 3.0, a major new version of the OpenOffice-based desktop productivity editors. Symphony 3.0 features major improvements in usability, integration, programmability, and compatibility. One thing hasn't changed from earlier versions of Lotus Symphony -- it...

Yesterday, we posted Lotus Symphony 3 beta 4, what should be the last beta of the Symphony 3 cycle. You can download it from here. Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 4 adds some exciting new enhancements. We've focused on performance. In addition we've enabled the support for adding additional spell check dicti...

Looks like John has found one of today's announcements, and it's a screamer (as in screaming fast).... You can download Lotus Symphony 3 beta 3, now, with tons of new features and improvements over the earlier beta. Development progress on UI, fit and finish, and performance has been excellent....

I've installed Lotus Symphony 3 beta 2 (a March 31st build), and I see new options on my file | import menu in my Notes 8.5.1 client... Just imported a Symphony presentation and it rendered pretty well in the body/rich text field in Notes....

As promised at Lotusphere, the beta of Lotus Symphony 3.0 is now available on symphony.lotus.com... Key new features in Symphony 3.0: VB Macros support ODF 1.2 support for improved file interoperability embedded audio/video allows users to add media directly to slides, documents and sheets au...

Earlier today, IBM issued a press release highlighting new plug-ins and widgets for Lotus Symphony. The point of the release is to emphasize customer choice and flexibility at a time when office productivity suites are getting yet another look. Further, this announcement highlights that Symphony i...

I suppose my mere linking to this violates Guy's request, but since my team and I are speaking to him tomorrow, I certainly want to help him out:As I hinted in yesterday's post, I'm writing a quadrant report on office productivity suites. The list includes: * Corel WordPerfect Office * Go...

Lotus Symphony 1.3 has been announced! The press release and some early coverage are available:IBM's alternative to Microsoft Office 2007 makes cost-free document software a legitimate option for many companies around the business world which want to realize cost-efficiencies in the current economi...

In January, IBM announced the first pre-load agreement for Lotus Symphony with our partner Archos. The Archos 10 netbook includes Symphony as part of the out-of-the-box functionality. Last week, Archos announced a new 10s netbook. Interestingly, the 10s includes Office 2007 -- unusual for any lap...

Stuart McIntyre always manages to find the exciting new nuggets. Symphony 1.3 is now in IBM internal beta, and I'm running it here on my Mac. As we get closer to release, the Symphony team has published a video highlighting the new features of the release, which include: * Support for reading...

This new podcast is a robust, 30-minute discussion on the value of Lotus Symphony as well as what we are seeing with customers adopting or considering Symphony. The speakers are product manager Eric Otchet, part of my team; David Pearson, the services team's Symphony expert; and Gary Kearney, the w...

Google the word "symphony". Feeling lucky? If you are looking for Lotus Symphony, you should be. Because of 46,300,000 results for the word Symphony, IBM Lotus Symphony is #1: Not an orchestra. Not a musical composition. Not airplanes, fireplaces, stereo equipment. Lotus Symphony. Someone...

That's the way to do it...Some 50,000 Australian university students will receive a free version of IBM's Lotus Symphony software this month as part of on-campus promotions managed by StudentRights.com. Link: Computerworld Australia: 50,000 uni students get free Lotus Symphony...

There's a ton of analyst and blogger coverage of Lotusphere, and I can tell that it will take me days to digest it all. In this morning's reading, I'm contemplating the different viewpoints of these two analysts. Ferris, "Lotus Symphony--Hard to See Why It Will Succeed":There are reasonable argume...

The Lotus Symphony license allows for fairly open distribution of the download package, so we see Symphony available in a lot of places. However, I believe this is the first announcement of Symphony being pre-loaded, OEM-style, on a laptop computer at purchase:In addition, Intel's smallest and lowe...

A comprehensive review of Symphony on the Mac...While most folks want to have a debate between Microsoft's Office and Apple's iWork, I have fallen in love with the new kid on the block in the Mac-world, IBM's Lotus Symphony. Unlike Office and iWork, Symphony is free, which is a huge plus in the new...

Back by popular demand...and new and improved with a focus on the LotusScript API. This will be up on the Lotusphere website shortly...Notes Developers and Business Partners have been waiting for a Lotus Symphony LotusScript API -- it has arrived! This hands-on workshop teaches the participant to i...

More Symphony good news in the IT press...Also derived from the OpenOffice.org codebase, but to very different ends, IBM Lotus Symphony was recently introduced as a rejuvenation of the Lotus Symphony brand name. It's much less broad than OpenOffice.org itself -- there's only three major applications...

Great news for Lotus Symphony! ChannelWeb says that Lotus Symphony is the winner for 2008 Product of the Year in the "Desktop Application" category. They write:Lotus Symphony acts much like Microsoft Office, which is good if you are looking for something to replace Office at a fraction of the c...

Hat tip to Mr. Roling for an excellent review of Symphony in the pages of Intranet Journal...With the release of IBM Lotus Notes 8, IBM took a shot at Microsoft with integrated Word Processor, Spreadsheet and Presentation software. Now, that package of software, known as IBM Lotus Symphony, is avail...

IBM's Michael Karasick is delivering a keynote at the OpenOffice conference in Beijing right about now, and here are some of the things he's announcing: Over 3 million downloads of Lotus Symphony -- 2 million of which have come since 1.0 release in May, 2008 Symphony 1.2, with key new features su...

Yay, blogging from my team! Jeanette Barlow from the Symphony team talks about the year we've just had and looks forward...Well, nearly a year, four releases and three million downloads later, I am pleased and proud, to work daily in Lotus Symphony. The product is now stable and so very capable for...

Support for Lotus Symphony

October 15 2008

After a short customer meeting near Heathrow, I'm headed onward to the Frankfurt area tonight. During this quick stop, UK messaging sales leader Darren Adams was kind enough to give my boss and I a lift to the airport. One of our topics of discussion was how customers can obtain support for Lotus...

Good catch by Stuart, who saw this factoid in Chris Pepin's report on a recent presentation:In terms of the client, there are over 80,000 employees on Notes 8.x and over 140,000 employees running Lotus Symphony - both integrated into Notes 8 and standalone.Symphony is one of the products my new team...

OK, they've been up for a few weeks, but I just found out about them on Friday: You Can Do This A Download Away, and Don't Look Back. That one is my favorite of the three:...

John Head has caught this already...Lotus Symphony 1.1 is now available. Symphony 1.1 has a number of new features and bug fixes throughout the product. Symphony 1.2, still to come this year, will add support for Macintosh. More details here: Lotus Symphony 1.1 release notes...

Here's a fantastic five minute flash highlighting Lotus Symphony. Wait -- no, it can't be .... we actually show the product! And address key concerns and objections decision-makers would have about using Lotus Symphony! And have fun in the process, in a way that actually connects! "Crescendo"...

Take your IBM ID to the IBM Lotus Symphony Productivity Editors Survey.... ten minutes of your time to tell us what you think of Symphony so far would be super-helpful. Many of the questions are open-ended, so be prepared to answer specifically what you like and don't like about the current shippin...

Head-to-head review of Lotus Symphony, Google Docs, Zoho, and OpenOffice.org...with Lotus Symphony receiving the top score of 7.8:Lotus Symphony is the most polished of this particular pack of productivity suites. The word processor continues many of the complex formatting features that made Ami Pro...

A potential user base of "thousands" moving to Lotus Symphony...In an interview yesterday, George Lymbers, CIO of the organisation, said he has uncovered substantial savings potential by getting rid of licence fees. "Some people say, well you only need Windows. Wait a second: you need Office, you n...

Peter Abrahams of Bloor Research on his initial reactions to Lotus Symphony...Lotus Symphony is the office productivity suite embedded into Lotus Notes. Lotus Notes is a product that is bought in large numbers by many enterprises. This means that Symphony has the full engineering excellence--reliabi...

Nice coverage in the mainstream media, in this case, a New York newspaper...The interface may be good enough to pacify picky Mac users in mixed computing shops - I sure wouldn't try to foist Open Office on them. IBM has edited out some of the more obscure features of Open Office and left the importa...

Another May 30 release from Lotus. I wasn't expecting to post this until the morning, but I guess it is morning somewhere already... Lotus Symphony 1 is now available in 24 languages. The API toolkit is there, too. If you haven't looked at Symphony since IBM first announced beta, or since an...

Useful context for why Lotus Symphony is in market...For its part, IBM sees Symphony as much more than a tool for creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. According to Doug Heintzman, director of strategy for IBM collaboration products and Lotus, "Symphony is not just an editing suite; i...

A nice endorsement...Microsoft Office is not just overpriced--for most users, it's overkill. That's why I've been increasingly recommending IBM Lotus Symphony, a well-rounded office suite that just so happens to be free. It's built on open-source favorite OpenOffice, but sports a sleeker, friendlier...

Wow, this is pretty sweet!After a flurry of heavy voting, our readers have selected their picks for this year's Datamation Product of the Year Awards. ... When it comes to total numbers of users, there's no question that Microsoft Office is the 800-pound gorilla of this category. The deeply entren...