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The better Office alternative: SoftMaker Office

Randall C. Kennedy of InfoWorld writes: ...So it was with an eye toward the all-important requirement of seamless interoperability that I evaluated the latest and greatest that the competition has to offer. In the following sections, I take a look at 3.1 and SoftMaker 2008 to determine if these suites have what it takes to stage the ultimate palace coup and bring down the king once and for all.

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IBM Lotus Symphony 1.3 Now Available for Download

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Symphony supports ODF 1.1.

Symphony 1.3 adds support for reading Office 2007 file formats (DOCX, PPTX, XLSX). Other improvements include: better startup performance on the Mac, improved table-of-contents generation, better mail merge, and improved Datapilot feature for data analysis.

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New Release of Oxygen XML Editor and Oxygen XML Author version 10.3

Release date: June 29th, 2009

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Sun launches StarOffice 9 in Arabic

Sun has once again reinforced its commitment to the region with the introduction of its Arabic version of StarOffice 9. The comprehensive suite offers a wide array of advanced, extensible productivity tools including word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and drawing software, which are all now accessible to Arabic users.

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ODF Plugfest at The Hague

The Dutch government program, Netherlands in Open Connection, and the OpenDoc Society cosponsored the two-day ODF “plugfest” at the Royal Library in The Hague, 15-16 June 2009,  where vendors and open source projects were able to test ODF capabilities with each other in real-world, collaborative scenarios. OASIS TC chairs, Bart Hanssens, (ODF Interoperability and Conformance TC), and Rob Weir (co-Chair ODF TC), participated and delivered presentations.  The details are posted here. The 'plug-fest' was notable for the broad participation from industry and open source communities.

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