IBM's Lotus Symphony Suite goes International

IBM's Lotus Symphony suite, downloaded for use in English by more than 400,000 individuals since its release in September 2007, is now available in 24 languages. Lotus Symphony is a suite of software tools for creating text, spreadsheet and presentation documents based on OpenOffice code. It supports the OpenDocument format, Microsoft Office and Lotus SmartSuite formats. The top markets for Symphony adoption that now have local language support include: Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Indonesia, Poland, China, the Russian Federation, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Korea, Denmark and Taiwan. The leading market for Symphony to date is the United States, with about 25% of downloads.

Since Symphony is developed using the Eclipse-based Lotus Expeditor open framework, IBM has the flexibility to install additional language packs that include spell check dictionaries. Users can install any number of these additional language packs. The newest version of Symphony allows users to download a base package and select additional language packs. Lotus Symphony was developed by a global network of IBM laboratories led by a core team in Beijing, China using agile development techniques that allow work to continue seamlessly and in parallel on components of the product at all times.

"Customers want an open alternative to desktop software that gives them the flexibility to innovate. This is increasingly important as the workforce requires tools to collaborate seamlessly across borders and languages in the globally integrated economy, which represents the future of work," said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Software Group.

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I am sure that a high percentage of the downloads would have been out of curiosity but how many have been converted to regular users?

That is a very good question. I can't see high users of this, however the fact it is bundled with latest Notes client might mean more people use it by proxy

This is included in Lotus R8 client which we (as an organisation) will be using for some users going forward. Using these features built into the client might well save 'some' licensing fees for MS products, but when power users need to create macros and the like for clients, then I'm sure Office will be the suite of choice.

Nice to see opensource embraced. (Incidentally, Lotus R8 is based on the Eclipse framework, which I believe is also Opensource...they just take a snapshot of it's development and tweak it for their clients going forward).