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IBM Lotus Symphony desktop productivity suite “will it succeed where other Office killers have not?”

IBM’s September 18 unveiling of its IBM Lotus Symphony desktop-productivity suite — yet another Open Document Format (ODF) alternative to Microsoft Office — got me thinking about when and whether too many choices yield confusion.

IBM Lotus Symphony is another OpenOffice.org variant. It is free and available for immediate download for both Windows and Linux desktops.

IBM’s name may give this alternative to Microsoft Office more corporate oomph than the many Office competitors that have come and gone over the years. None of these Microsoft alternatives have managed to make any kind of real dent in Microsoft’s 90-plus-percent marketshare in desktop office suites.

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