IBM is releasing an update today to its free Lotus Symphony productivity suite, which remains in beta testing.
The three desktop applications, Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations, are counterparts to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The latest iteration of Symphony is supposed to be faster than its predecessor, which debuted less than two months ago.
The package is one of several low-cost or free alternatives to Microsoft Office. Unlike products such as ThinkFree, Zoho and Google Docs & Spreadsheets, there is no online component to Symphony.
Like its close competitor, the $79 Sun StarOffice, Symphony works on Windows and Linux computers … Read more