“The strengths of IBM Lotus Symphony are also its weaknesses.
Based on the OpenOffice.org source code, on the one hand, the beta
of this newly released office application offers a much needed
revision of the interface. On the other hand, too much of this
revision takes the form of leaving out features, and the changes
are accompanied by high hardware demands. This trade off means that
what you think of Symphony will very likely depend on your own
level of expertise with office applications–and probably your
computer’s specs as well.
“Available for both GNU/Linux and Windows XP and Vista, Symphony
consists of three applications: Documents, Presentations, and
Spreadsheets, whose functions are self-explanatory. The beta is
currently available as a free download, and installs via an
InstallShield interface, rather than using any native