Today IBM announced that they were making a beta version of an office productivity suite available for download for free. I actually found out about it through an e-mail I received, but if you would like to read "news" about this you can try InformationWeek's article IBM To Offer Free Office Software In Challenge To Microsoft. The suite is being called Symphony and is based on the OpenOffice.org office suite. As regular readers know, I am a regular user of OpenOffice.org - even to the extent that I don't own a copy of MS Office and I was profiled in a CFO magazine article about OpenOffice.org.
If you are interested in the program, you can find out more at the IBM Symphony web page, including the link to download the application. I have pulled down both the Linux and Windows version and will give them a whirl.