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Free Software Takes on Microsoft Office

May 10, 2008, 16:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Finkle)

"Pierre Avignon is no pirate, but he does not believe in paying for software. His computer is filled with programs like Symphony -- a free suite that he downloaded from an International Business Machines Corp website (http://symphony.lotus.com).

"It performs work for which he used to rely on Microsoft Corp's Word word processor, Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation builder, all components of the Microsoft Office software suite..."

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