Lotus Symphony

Last fall IBM introduced their Lotus Symphony product (re-introduced really).  This time around Symphony is a reworked version of the Open Office suite of business applications (word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation) integrated with the Eclipse application framework.  I’ve been a huge fan of Eclipse since it first appeared as a replacement for the IBM Visual Age development environment.  Eclipse has since grown into a multi-purpose framework for developing cross-platform applications.

So, why am I writing about this?  Well, I’ve become increasingly frustrated with Microsoft Office and I’m at the point where I think it’s time to make a fresh start.  Given the amount of time I have invested in learning Office, that’s not a decision made lightly.  Symphony is still in beta release so my hope is that IBM will listen to user feedback and make an office suite that meets my needs.

As I go about my learning process I’m going to post my experiences here.  Hopefully I’ll be able to provide some useful information for others making the transition.  Stay tuned…

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