IBM's new, free office productivity software Lotus Symphony, has been downloaded by more than 100,000 registered business and consumer users in its first week.
Lotus Symphony is comprised of three core applications: Lotus Symphony Documents, Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets and Lotus Symphony Presentations.
The software, which support Windows and Linux desktops, is designed to handle the majority of office productivity tasks that workers typically perform. Lotus Symphony supports multiple file formats, including Microsoft Office and Open Document Format (ODF), and also can output content in PDF format.
The Lotus Symphony Web site, 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 licensed 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 programme.
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 programme 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.
IBM plans to add a number of new community features to the Symphony web site in the near future, such as member voting. This is part of IBM's stated objective of allowing Symphony users to help drive product development priorities for upcoming releases.