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 such as data pilot tables (aka pivot tables), is now available on Windows and Linux (including Ubuntu Linux), and the first Mac beta available
  • IBM plans to deliver 60 new features in Symphony updates in 2009, including Visual Basic macro support, and Office 2007 file format support.  These new releases will be developed with ODF (Open Document Format) 1.2 support and will begin use of the OpenOffice 3.0 code base
  • IBM and Sun have joined together to create the ODF Toolkit Union, at odftoolkit.org.  This site will help a broader range of ISVs build solutions that leverage ODF
  • IBM is announcing a dozen customer references for Lotus Symphony, from all over the world.  I will link to the list when it is available online on Wednesday US time

The key message to take away -- IBM is in it for the long-haul with Lotus Symphony.  Over the coming months, you will hear more about our direction for personal and organizational productivity.  We believe there is a significant amount of innovation that can be introduced in this space, as the market moves beyond office.

Will update this post with links to more information in the morning Chicago time.  What time that will be depends on just how late the celebration goes tonight....
One link before bedtime: CIO.com: Sun, IBM launch ODF tools initiative >
Update: The press release is now on ibm.com >

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