According to the German newspaper Handelsblatt, IBM has now officially prohibited its employees from using MS Office after a grace period of ten days (newspaper article dated 11 September 09). They are now to use the in house Lotus Symphony which is itself a derivative of the legendary Open Office. Any future use of MS Office will be subject to management’s approval. This I believe is in line with a world wide switch from MS Office to Open Office and its derivatives.
This move comes in the wake of more than 330000 IBM employees who already use Symphony. I believe this move by IBM is a strategic is meant to entrench Open Source use among its employees and help the growth of its own office suite.
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