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IBM's Symphony: Barney or Bach?

Sep 20, 2007, 00:45 (0 Talkback[s])

IBM Symphony Falls on Deaf Ears Without Open Source E-mail, Calendar

"IBM's debut of its homegrown open source version of OpenOffice without e-mail or collaboration features is not surprising but nevertheless disappointing.

"On the one hand, Big Blue's recent endorsement and support and services plan for OpenOffice--an acknowledgement of the obsolescence of SmartSuite and Workplace--offers new hope for the struggling open source desktop..."

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Will Mozilla Fill Open Office Product Holes?

"Yesterday, Paula laid the smackdown on IBM for not going after Microsoft Outlook with its Symphony announcements.

"Before Big Blue could even rise from the mat, however, the Mozilla Foundation tagged me with news it was expanding its Thunderbird initiative with $3 million seed funding and David Ascher, formerly of ActiveState, as CEO of the new unit, dubbed Mailco..."

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