IBM on Thursday rolled out the beta of Lotus Symphony 3.0, its free office productivity suite built on the OpenOffice.org code base.
The company launched Lotus Symphony as a free alternative in 2007. From that beta, IBM took Symphony to a general release in 2008. Jeannette Barlow, Symphony's product manager, called the latest release of IBM's free office suite "the most significant investment and enhancement from that original delivery".
Barlow added that Symphony 3.0, which is a jump from the previous Symphony 1.3, reflects customer input from enterprises and small businesses that participated in the IBM Lotus Foundations appliances.
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