Software Newsletter Pick of the Week: All About Office Suites
Mark Scapicchio 270000CV2J SCAPICCH@US.IBM.COM | | Tags:  smartcloud domino connections docs lotus notes ibm social-business symphony
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We just mailed our February IBM Software Newsletter, featuring the top stories from Lotusphere 2012. And while products like IBM Connections 'Next' and Notes and Domino Social Edition grabbed the headlines, IBM Docs and Lotus Symphony are getting a LOT of attention from our readers.
IBM Docs (previously called LotusLive Symphony) is a cloud-based productivity suite, lets team members inside and outside the firewall collaborate on documents, spreadsheets and presentations – people can co-edit in real-time, assign sections of documents for one another to work on, etc. IBM Docs will be available later this year, but you can try the beta now if you have a LotusLive (soon to be IBM SmartCloud for Social Business) account, or as part of a LotusLive trial.
IBM just released Lotus Symphony 3.0.1, an upgrade to its no-charge, on-premises office productivity suite. The upgrade adds new features like support for a million spreadsheet rows, new chart types, and more bullet and numbering styles; it also repairs a few bugs.
At Lotusphere, IBM also announced future plans for Symphony that led to some misunderstanding and panic about IBM pulling out of the no-charge office suite arena, which it isn’t. The actual story, nothing to panic about at all, is that:
For more detail on this, check out Ed Brill’s blog (and the video presentation therein).