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[News] Sri Lankan Telecom Kicks Microsoft, Embraces Free Software and ODF

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Suntel bids adieu to Microsoft, embraces IBM

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| IT major IBM announced today that Suntel, a Sri Lankan based 
| telecommunications provider, has selected IBM Lotus software to create a 
| collaborative environment to improve the way employees work together in any 
| mode at any time, raising employee performance and cost-efficiency.   
| [...]
| He added that they are also pleased with the contribution IBM has made to the 
| open community through Lotus Suite of products. With Lotus Symphony, which is 
| based on the Open Document Format (ODF), an open industry standard, Suntel no 
| longer relies on a proprietary technology.   



Four alternatives to Microsoft Office

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| Microsoft Office is so common that very few computer users are even aware
| that there are many good, and often free, alternatives to the software. Here
| are four of the better alternatives.
| OpenOffice.org
| This has to be the number one alternative to Microsoft Office. The open
| source productivity tool includes all of the features offered by MS Office
| but for free. Version 3.0 of OpenOffice was released earlier this year and it
| includes full compatibility with documents created in Microsoft Office, the
| biggest stumbling block to switching to a new office suite.


ODF Annual Report 2008

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| The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance) is an
| organization of governments,
| academic institutions, associations and
| industry dedicated to educating policy makers, IT
| administrators and the public on the
| benefits and opportunities of ODF. Launched in March
| 2006, the ODF Alliance includes 584
| member organizations in 63 countries.


Open Document Format Has Been Accepted By 16 Governments

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| The Open Document Format continues to gain ground with governments as the
| format in which they wish to create important documents, despite Microsoft's
| Office format, OOXML, being recognized as an international standard as well.

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