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 to Microsoft, but instead, is a statement of IBM’s stand to support and further open-source software.
Aside from the targeted 360,000, about 330,000 employees are estimated to be using IBM’s Lotus Symphony application already.