Lotus Symphony Office Suite – A Blast from the Past?

Free Lotus Symphony Office Suite – your office in a box for tough economic times.

When I heard the words “Lotus Symphony” recently, I had a quick flashback to the “good old days” of MS-DOS. Sort of like a “back to the future” moment.

Symphony was the first “all in one” software package (text, spreadsheet, etc.) I bought for my IBM DOS OS computer, back in 1984/85. It seems to me, I paid something like $700/800 for this innovative (for then), software. According to the Inflation Calculator, that translates into $1,600 in today’s dollars.

Today, Lotus Symphony Office Suite ( a cross platform application), can be had for the grand sum of $zero. How times have changed!

Lotus Symphony Office Suite, offered by IBM, is a fairly basic, free (open source) substitute for Microsoft Office.

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The principal components of Symphony, as with MS Office are:

Word Processor

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Spreadsheet

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Presentation Graphics

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Fast facts:

Free

Reads and writes Open Document and MS Office formats

Macro support

Context-sensitive menus

Supports PDF conversion

Plug-in support to increase functionality

Multilingual supports 28 languages

If you are running a small office and you’re finding it tough going making ends meet, like the rest of us I suspect, the word “free” can be music to the ears. Lotus Symphony Office Suite while not a perfect replacement for MS Office, will meet your basic business needs.

IBM offers great support for this application, including plug-ins, downloadable clipart, and more.

System requirements: Windows XP and Vista; Intel Macs – OS X 10.5, Linux – Ubuntu

Download at: IBM

Open Office is another free Office Suite that is extremely popular and is worth a look.

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3 responses to “Lotus Symphony Office Suite – A Blast from the Past?

  1. Pingback: Lotus Symphony Office Suite – A Blast from the Past? « Bill … Word words

  2. Bill,

    Like you, I can remember Lotus as being a top dog in the early days… Amazing how, in the long run, this has all played out. Great article…

    Rick

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Rick,

      I agree – it is amazing. Now I want my $800 back!

      What I find really amazing though, when I think back to the MS-DOS days is, how EASY computing has become. Who would have thought!

      Thanks for visiting.

      Bill