If Beethoven needed a spreadsheet, would he use Symphony?

screenshot of IBM Lotus Symphony

Way, way back when the earth was new and MS-DOS (and its cousin PC-DOS) was the name of the game, Lotus Development created a state-of-the-art integrated application that featured a spreadsheet, word processor, database manager, graphics app, and communications program called Symphony. Much more efficiently coded than most of today's bloatware, the entire app would load into memory when you booted your PC/XT and pop up for you when you pressed a hotkey.

DOS is almost forgotten, and Symphony certainly is–or was until now. IBM Lotus Symphony is now available, and it's free for home, school, and business.

Like its ancient namesake, the new Symphony is a suite of applications that features a text editor/word processor, a presentation manager, and a spreadsheet tool. Symphony uses the Open Document Format (ODF) for its files, and fully supports Microsoft Office file formats, allowing you to import- and export your data, as well as the ability to export to PDF files as well. Macros written for the Office platform aren't compatible with Symphony, and vice versa, but Symphony does have its own macro language that allows you to automate repetitive tasks to speed you on your way.

IBM Lotus Symphony is available for Windows (XP or Vista) and Linux platforms, with support for OS X promised in the near future.

And who knows: if they can bring Symphony back, can the DeLorean be far behind?

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