IBM Aims to Burst Microsoft’s Office Communications Bubble

“With Microsoft poised to unleash its next collaboration and
unified communication (UC) suite next week, rival IBM is launching
a preemptive strike by promising a tight level of integration
between its own UC platform and its new, free Lotus Symphony
productivity suite.

“IBM said Sametime customers would soon be able to share and
collaborate on presentations, word processing and spreadsheets
created in Lotus Symphony, the company’s suite of free business
applications released last month. Those users will also be able to
conference using Sametime’s on-premises Web conferencing app or
IBM’s recently acquired Web-based conferencing application, Lotus
Sametime Unyte…”