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IBM Now Offering Microsoft Customers Lotus Symphony Software with Widgets

Software is compatible with Microsoft Office formats and supports a wide range of widgets

IBM is now offering Microsoft customers free of charge Lotus Symphony software that is compatible with Microsoft Office formats and supports a wide range of widgets which extend the functionality of the software. IBM and a variety of third parties -- including independent software vendors, individual developers, customers and IBM business partners -- are writing a variety of widgets to take advantage of this new feature.

Popularized by consumer Web sites and third parties, widgets allow Symphony users to tap into everything from Web-based Google Gadgets, Lotus Sametime, Lotus Quickr, Lotus Connections and popular wikis, to Microsoft SharePoint and MSN, all from within Symphony. Users can easily drag-and-drop widgets directly into Lotus Symphony, distinguishing it from static office productivity tools such as Microsoft Word. This drag-and-drop feature also makes Symphony stand out from other Microsoft Office alternatives, simplifying the use and installation of widgets with just a single click.

Widgets extend Symphony's capabilities through two commonly-accepted open standards -- Eclipse and Java. Due to their cross-platform nature, Symphony widgets are developed once and run across Symphony's document, presentation and spreadsheet applications. This lowers the cost to bring new capabilities to end users. In contrast, new applications must be built separately for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office and Microsoft PowerPoint.

IBM Lotus Symphony leads a growing class of Microsoft Office alternatives, with millions of copies in circulation. The first full version of Symphony appeared on June 3, 2008.

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