January 18, 2008 13:18 ET
IBM Translates Lotus Symphony for a Globally Integrated World
BEIJING--(Marketwire - January 18, 2008) - Downloaded for use in English by more than 400,000
individuals at work and at home, IBM's (NYSE: IBM) Lotus Symphony suite
(www.ibm.com/software/lotus/symphony) of desktop office software is now
available in 24 languages serving major markets worldwide.
Since its release in September 2007, the English version of Lotus Symphony
software has received worldwide interest. The top markets for Symphony
adoption that now have local language support include: Brazil, France,
Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Indonesia, Poland, China, the
Russian Federation, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Korea, Denmark and Taiwan.
The leading market for Symphony to date is the United States, with about 25
percent of downloads.
"Customers want an open alternative to desktop software that gives them the
flexibility to innovate," said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group
executive, IBM Software Group. "This is increasingly important as the
workforce requires tools to collaborate seamlessly across borders and
languages in the globally integrated economy, which represents the future
Lotus Symphony is a suite of software tools for creating text, spreadsheet
and presentation documents -- the most frequently used desktop tools --
based on OpenOffice code. It supports the OpenDocument format (ODF),
Microsoft Office and Lotus SmartSuite formats.
IBM has employed innovative development techniques in the development and
translation of Lotus Symphony. Lotus Symphony was developed by a global
network of IBM laboratories led by a core team in Beijing, China using
agile development techniques that allow work to continue seamlessly and in
parallel on components of the product at all times.
The newest version of Symphony benefits from another technique to provide
users with numerous language options -- users can now download a base
package and select additional language packs, which IBM has never before
provided for a product in Beta form until Symphony Beta 3.
Since Symphony is developed using the Eclipse-based Lotus Expeditor open
framework, IBM has the flexibility to install additional language packs
that include spell check dictionaries. Users can install any number of
these additional language packs. In the globally integrated business
world, this allows users to interact with Symphony in their native
languages but also create content in a different language with the
confidence of language specific spell check support.
For example, a native Spanish speaker who also speaks German and frequently
works with contacts in Germany can download the new Symphony Beta 3 with
the Spanish language support. The same user can download and install the
German Language Pack, enabling them to see the menu items in the Symphony
user interface in native Spanish; create content in Spanish with the spell
check feature; and create content with spell checking in German. This
empowers the user to create quality content efficiently in both languages,
increasing productivity by avoiding the use of separate dictionaries,
translators and deciphering menu choices like "file" and "save" in
The number of dictionaries you can install with Lotus Symphony is
unlimited. The Eclipse framework enabling this innovation is flexible
enough to allow a wide range of other innovations currently under
development at IBM's global laboratory network. Key laboratories involved
in the global translation of Symphony include, the China Software Lab in
Beijing; the Lotus Software Development Teams in Austin, Texas and
Westford, Massachusetts; and lab translation centers worldwide, including
Korea, Japan, France, Germany, Spain, Israel, Egypt, among others.