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IBM Challenges Microsoft Office With Free Software

Free software does many of the same things as expensive suite

(Newser) - IBM is issuing a new challenge to the supremacy of Microsoft's Office software, releasing a suite of free programs, called Symphony, that can perform many of the functions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Microsoft just released Office 7.0, and one analyst speculates many users will switch to Symphony rather... More »

Panel Rejects Microsoft Standard Bid

As open document formats catch on, software giant meets resistance

(Newser) - Microsoft got a surprise smackdown from an international panel yesterday in its bid to have its open document format recognized as an international standard. The effort to certify Office Open XML met with resistance from 26% of the voting nations, and anything over 25% is a deal-breaker, the Times reports.... More »

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