IBM to offer cloud office suite

IBM is preparing a version of its Lotus Symphony office suite for online use

Joining Microsoft, Oracle, Google and others, IBM plans to offer a cloud-based office suite, the company announced on Monday.

The company is in the process of developing a hosted version of its Lotus Symphony office suite, which it will fold into its LotusLive set of hosted business offerings, said Jeff Schick, IBM vice president of social software.

Online versions of Lotus Symphony's word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software should be available by the latter half of 2011.

The hosted version will offer a number of new features around online collaboration, Schick said. Users in different locations will be able to work on a single document at the same time. They can also add comments to a working document and manage revisions.

The hosted version will not be free, but instead will be a paid option within the company's LotusLive service, Schick said.

Lotus Symphony is an office productivity suite offered by IBM at no cost. It is based on the open source OpenOffice code base.

With this release, IBM is joining an increasingly crowded field of Web office productivity suites. In December, Oracle launched the first version of its own hosted office service, called Cloud Office. That version is based on OpenOffice as well. Microsoft offers consumers some basic online office document editing capability through its Office Web Apps service. It also has plans to roll this service into its enterprise-focused BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite) set of hosted services as well.

The hosted Lotus Symphony news is one of a number of announcements that IBM has made at the Lotusphere conference, being held this week in Orlando.

The company also has released a tool for connecting social networking applications to enterprise applications, called the Social Business Framework. It also plans to announce that it has developed a number of new mobile clients for its Lotus Notes messaging suite.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags applicationsIBMsoftwareOffice suitescloud computinginternet

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joab Jackson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?