IBM Lotus Symphony: Free Microsoft Office Replacement

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IBM Lotus Symphony is a good free replacement for Microsoft Office. It comes with modules to create documents, create spreadsheets, and create presentations.It is extremely easy to use, and comes with an intuitive interface.

IBM Lotus Symphony is a project developed by IBM company and was born on OpenOffice.org platform. It uses from default the new standard Open Document (ODF), but it is also capable to show Microsoft Office or OpenOffice.org documents. Conceptually, Lotus Symphony took from OpenOffice.org characteristics but comes with a changed interface. The suite has a central window where you can create text documents (very similar to ones from Word), it has Excel functions or presentations (PowerPoint) with most of options which a regular user can use.


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Each new opened document appears as a new tab and is independently maneuvered. Implicitly, the program’s associations are made by the ODF format, but if you will search through its menu, you can associate any office document.

We can easily find common editing and formatting functions of the text, also we can find functions of inserting graphical elements (images, tables). Depending on the type of document we are working with, menu bar can be changed automatically and offer the access to specific formatting elements.

If you have been looking for a good free replacement for Microsoft Office, then give a try to IBM Lotus Symphony. If you just want a word processor program, you can use AbiWord.

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Works With: Windows
Free/Paid: Free
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