"Revealing the extent to which computer users may be seeking an
alternative to Microsoft's pricey Office 2007 suite, IBM said
Wednesday that the beta version of its free Lotus Symphony
productivity software has been downloaded more than 100,000 times
since the company made it available on the Internet a week ago.
"IBM said the number represents a record for software downloaded
from its Web site. To boot, the part of the company's site that
hosts the software has been visited more than 1 million times
during the same period, according to IBM. An online support forum
for the software is receiving 600 posts from users daily, the
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