IBM Symphony: Free software takes on Microsoft Office

The growth of broadband Internet has spawned a number of new free software applications that offer similar functionality to Microsoft Office.Pierre Avignon is no pirate, but he does not believe in paying for software. His computer is filled with programs like Symphony -- a free suite that he downloaded from an International Business Machines Corpwebsite […]

The growth of broadband Internet has spawned a number of new free software applications that offer similar functionality to Microsoft Office.

Pierre Avignon is no pirate, but he does not believe in paying for software. His computer is filled with programs like Symphony -- a free suite that he downloaded from an International Business Machines Corpwebsite (http://symphony.lotus.com).

It performs work for which he used to rely on Microsoft Corp's Word word processor, Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation builder, all components of the Microsoft Office software suite.

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