IBM to offer free word processing, office software

LOS ANGELES Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:16am EDT

A view of an IBM facility outside Boulder, Colorado, October 18, 2006. IBM on Monday said it would start offering free word processing and other office software, joining a growing group of companies with free applications challenging a core Microsoft Corp product. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A view of an IBM facility outside Boulder, Colorado, October 18, 2006. IBM on Monday said it would start offering free word processing and other office software, joining a growing group of companies with free applications challenging a core Microsoft Corp product.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - IBM on Monday said it would start offering free word processing and other office software, joining a growing group of companies with free applications challenging a core Microsoft Corp product.

IBM said it would offer document, spreadsheet and presentation software in a group of tools called Lotus Symphony.

Microsoft's Office suite of products already faces some competition from Google Inc's online tools, called Google Apps.

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