IBM: Symphony downloaded 100,000 times in first week

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| IBM and ODF supporters such as Sun Microsystems and Google have been waging a
| public battle against Microsoft to promote their interest in ODF, on which
| all three companies have based productivity applications.


100,000,000 fans can't be wrong

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| Simon's official response explained the business rationale behind
| offering support for " has becomep
| henomenally successful, Sun alone has shipped more than 70 million
| copies of 2.0," he said. "Out there, there
| are maybe 100 million copies of It would be
| senseless to ignore that opportunity."

Free IBM Software Is Bid to Challenge Microsoft Office

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| The IBM package, called Symphony, can be downloaded free of charge. The home
| edition of Microsoft's Office lists for $120 on Internet retail sites. IBM
| will also give away the Symphony software to customers who buy the latest
| version of its Notes collaboration software, which costs $145 per user. *

IBM to lift lid on its OpenOffice plans next week

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| It’s not in the plan for OpenOffice 3.0 or future versions of the open source
| desktop, said John McCreesh, Marketing Project Lead of, in an
| e-mail exchange. *
| “There’s nothing about that in the IBM statement,” McCreesh said, referring
| to the possibility of contributing Notes colaboartion code to the open source
| projects. “It’s not in the roadmap. It’s much more likely that we would do
| co-operative work with one or more open-source email client projects to
| integrate more closely with their software.” * *