The OpenDocument landscape just a got a little bit more interesting this week.

Earlier this week Google Docs announced its new presentation product. CommonCraft produced a brilliant “Google Docs in Plain English” video to accompany the launch.

On the heals of Google Docs, Lotus released IBM Lotus Symphony suite of free software tools for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Read the Buzz press release “IBM Releases Office Desktop Software at No Charge to Foster Collaboration and Innovationto learn more.

Software written using the OpenDocument standard can read and write Microsoft Office Suite documents. The universal file format of OpenDocument ensures “long-term access to data without legal or technical barriers”.

Google Docs in Plain English (2 min. 50 sec.) courtesy of CommonCraft.