I know I do. In fact, I'm a self-admitted software junkie (comes with the territory of working in the software business).
Most recently, I downloaded our new IBM Lotus Symphony beta product, which comes with a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation tool.
I'm like George Washington, I cannot tell a lie. I've used Microsoft Office software for as long as I can remember. But after working on my first Lotus Symphony document this morning, I'm thinking that a word processor is a word processor is a word processor, and that the transition from Office to OpenOffice-ish suites could be easier than I had anticipated.
Interestingly, thirty-four percent of CIOs in a recent IDC study indicated that they would cut back on Office software first and foremost, suggesting the cost of such software is increasingly out of line with their tightening budgets.
My recommendation: Take a look at the free Lotus Symphony suite, pilot it with a few employees, and see how it goes. Soon, you may find that the money you spent on Office can be re-routed to more critical, revenue-generating projects.
IBM is not the only one offering up free software recently.
Just yesterday, one of my favorite RSS client-side engines, NewsGator, surprised the marketplace by making several of its RSS desktop and mobile clients free.
If you're an RSS fan and you prefer desktop clients to browsers (which I do), then you probably are aware of NewsGator.
They make the leading RSS clients in my book, including NetNewsWire (Mac) and FeedDemon (PC). I've long been a paying FeedDemon user, and now with the free downloads, have already downloaded the Mac client.
It's hard to describe all the additional benefits of having a desktop client RSS reader, but at the top of the list are the synchronization capabilities, the search filters, the easy categorization, etc.
If you don't use one yet, I would suggest you download one of these now free tools and try them out for yourself.[Read More]