IBM’s recent announcement that it’s offering a IBM Lotus Symphony, a free desktop alternative to Microsoft’s Office suite, coupled with the recent release of Google’s online presentation application, should have the folks in Redmond sweating bullets. (As Matt mentioned in his Jaiku feed, IBM also recently announced its relationship with OpenOffice.org, in which they plan to contribute resources to.)
Lotus used to be quite a powerhouse in the spreadsheet industry — Anyone remember good ol’ Lotus 1-2-3? — which makes this impressive. An old favorite coming back … for free, no less. Wouldn’t it be great if Corel released Word Perfect for free? Oh, how I miss “Reveal Codes” !