Since its launch on 19 September, IBM's new free office productivity software – Lotus Symphony – has been downloaded by more than 100 000 registered business and consumer users worldwide.
The Lotus Symphony Web site (www.ibm.com/software/lotus/symphony), which is providing user community feedback for the Symphony beta software, has received more than one million visitors during this period.
The download figure is a record for IBM software, surpassing the previous record held by Lotus Notes, IBM's most widely-used product, with 135-million licenced users.
Lotus Symphony is fully integrated into Lotus Notes 8, providing users with easy access to productivity tools as part of their desktop experience without having to launch a separate program. Symphony desktop offerings are part of the broader technology trend of enabling faster, more automated movement of information within and between organisations using the Open Document Format.
ODF makes digital information independent of the program from which it was created – such as a word processor, spreadsheet or presentation software. This makes documents universally accessible on any platform, allowing information to be used in new, innovative ways.