Symphony beta 2 is being officially announced today... some early coverage:

Lotus general manager Mike Rhodin said that more than 250,000 copies of the software's Beta 1 version have been downloaded.

"We've been getting very widespread response to this initiative," Rhodin told "There seems to be a very pent-up demand for competition." ...

He added that Symphony seems to be appealing to a global audience. Only fifty percent of downloads of the first beta version were from the Americas, with another third coming from Europe and the remainder from the Asia-Pacific region. "That's pretty amazing considering that Beta 1 was released only in English," Rhodin said.

Aside from compatibility and speed enhancements in Beta 2, new features include a loosening of the licensing restrictions, enabling users to make the suite available on download sites of their choosing. The new version also includes improved user interface changes.
Link: InternetNews: Big Blue inches along with Lotus Symphony >

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