IBM Lotus Adds Mac OS X, Ubuntu Linux Support To Symphony Apps
Expanding its efforts to offer an alternative to Microsoft's Office desktop applications, IBM is making its free Lotus Symphony office productivity suite available for Apple's Mac OS X and Canonical's Ubuntu Linux.
IBM announced the expanded platform support this week at the OpenOffice.org Conference in Beijing in a keynote speech by Michael Karasick, director of IBM Lotus China Development Labs. IBM also unveiled a roadmap for Symphony for 2009 that includes developing the application set entirely on the OpenDocument Format 1.2 and OpenOffice 3.0 code base and adding more than 60 new features to the software.
More than 3 million copies of Symphony, which debuted in September 2007 as a public beta, have been downloaded worldwide in 28 languages, IBM said. Symphony includes document, spreadsheet and presentation applications.
IBM said building Symphony entirely on the ODF 1.2 and OpenOffice 3.0 code bases would provide "seamless interoperability" with Microsoft Office 2007 file formats.