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IBM sends Microsoft Office to the trash

14 September 2009 5 Comments

Posted by Richard Neil Ilagan

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IBM’s management has put out a motion for 360,000 of their employees to stop using the proprietary software suite Microsoft Office, and instead use the alternative software suite Symphony.

Employees will have ten days to migrate their software and backup.

Symphony is based on Open Office, an open-source software package consisting of applications similar to Microsoft’s Office group of applications. Being open source, Symphony is free to use, subject to some license restrictions.

IBM’s management, however, has reiterated that the motion was not intended to save the company from huge licensing fees due Microsoft, but instead, is a statement of IBM’s stand to support and further open source software.

Aside from the targeted 360,000, about 33o,000 employees are estimated to be using IBM’s Lotus Symphony application already.




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  • http://www.serenux.com/ HyRax

    About bloody time someone takes the lead to show that the world does NOT need Microsoft Office to appear to be a professional business.

    Well done IBM, though please work on removing the bloat from Symphony. Personally I stick with OpenOffice.org myself because it loads faster than Symphony.

  • http://www.serenux.com/ HyRax

    About bloody time someone takes the lead to show that the world does NOT need Microsoft Office to appear to be a professional business.

    Well done IBM, though please work on removing the bloat from Symphony. Personally I stick with OpenOffice.org myself because it loads faster than Symphony.

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