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IBM Lotus SmartSuite
Initial release1992; 32 years ago (1992)
Final release[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 5 February 2009
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, OS/2
TypeOffice suite

SmartSuite is a discontinued office suite from Lotus Software. The company made versions of its office suite for IBM OS/2 and Microsoft Windows.


SmartSuite is no longer supported or maintained.

SmartSuite used to be in maintenance mode, and supported with fixes and fixpacks on Windows 2000 and Windows XP. SmartSuite is not officially supported by IBM on versions of Windows after XP, but it does work very well on both the 32-bit[2] and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10. It can't work on Windows 11.

eComStation 1.0 included the OS/2 version of Smartsuite.[3] It was an optional extra in later versions of eComStation.[4] ArcaOS does not include Smartsuite, but is able to run it.[5]

In 2007, IBM introduced a new office suite called IBM Lotus Symphony, unrelated to the Lotus Symphony integrated application suite that Lotus previously released.

In July 2012 the price for a user licence of Lotus SmartSuite 9.8 was US-$342.00 when purchased directly through the IBM website.[6]

In May 2013, IBM announced the withdrawal of SmartSuite. Marketing of the product ended in June 2013, followed by all support ceasing in September 2014. IBM has also announced that there will be no replacement for SmartSuite.[7]


The following applications are included in SmartSuite for Microsoft Windows:

Version history[edit]

Microsoft Windows[edit]

  • (1994) - SmartSuite 2.1 (Ami Pro 3.0, 1-2-3 4.0, Freelance Graphics 2.0, Approach 2.0 and Organizer 1.1)
  • (1995) - SmartSuite 3.1 (Windows 3.11) — (Lotus 1-2-3 ver. 5, Approach 3.0, Ami Pro 3.1, Freelance Graphics 2.1, Organizer 2.1, ScreenCam 1.1).[9]
  • (1995) - SmartSuite 4.0 (Windows 3.11) - [10]
  • (1996) - SmartSuite 97 — Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 (1-2-3 97, Word Pro 97, Approach 97, Freelance Graphics 97, Organizer 97, ScreenCam 4.0 and SmartCenter)
  • (1997) - SmartSuite 4.5 (Windows 3.11) - (Word Pro 97 Edition for Windows 3.1.) [11]
  • (1999) - SmartSuite Millennium Edition (9.5) — (Organizer 5.0, Fastsite release 2, WordPro Millennium Edition, 1-2-3 Millennium Edition, Freelance Graphics Millennium Edition, Approach Millennium Edition, SmartCenter and ScreenCam).
  • (2002) October 2002: Latest version: SmartSuite Millennium Edition 9.8.
    • Fixpack 2 was the last version provided to the general public. All subsequent releases were only available to IBM Passport Advantage subscribers. Fixpack 3 was released in October 2005 and Fixpack 4 in October 2006. A subsequent Fixpack 5 was released in October 2007 followed by Fixpack 6 in December 2008, although these Fixpacks only contained changes to the Lotus Approach database software.[12]


Most SmartSuite programs are capable of reading and writing the corresponding Microsoft Office files. The Microsoft programs, however, are no longer capable of reading formats of the Lotus programs (the latest version that could was 2003). Furthermore, several of the SmartSuite components provide functionality not found in the Microsoft Office suite, for example Lotus FastSite and Lotus SmartCenter.

IBM vs Microsoft[edit]

In his finding of facts in United States v. Microsoft, Judge Jackson determined that because of IBM's marketing of Lotus SmartSuite, and other alternatives to Microsoft products (like World Book electronic encyclopedia instead of Microsoft's Encarta[13]), Microsoft "punished the IBM PC Company with higher prices, a late license for Windows 95, and the withholding of technical and marketing support."[14]

Microsoft did not grant IBM OEM rights for Windows 95 until 15 minutes prior to the release of Windows 95, August 24, 1995. Because of this uncertainty, IBM machines were sold without Windows 95, while Compaq, HP, and other indulgent companies sold machines with Windows 95 from day one.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.johnbrown.com.au/approach/webfaq04040010.html. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Except Windows 11.
  3. ^ "eComStation 1.0 Manual" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  4. ^ "eComStation — OS/2 Renewed". Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  5. ^ "Installing Lotus SmartSuite on ArcaOS". Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  6. ^ IBM Lotus SmartSuite User License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months (D5CTSLL) per https://www-112.ibm.com/software/howtobuy/buyingtools/paexpress/Express?P0=E1&part_number=D5CTSLL&catalogLocale=en_US&locale=en_US&country=USA&PT=html (31. July 2012))
  7. ^ Software withdrawal and discontinuance of support: Lotus SmartSuite , Lotus Organizer and Lotus 123
  8. ^ "Lotus vCard & vCalendar Viewer - Filefacts.com". www.filefacts.com. Retrieved 2021-03-16.
  9. ^ "LOTUS SHIPS SMARTSUITE 3.1 FOR WINDOWS; NEW RELEASE FEATURES ORGANIZER 2.0, AUTOMATED INSTALLATION AND SMARTCENTER 2.0". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  10. ^ "LOTUS ANNOUNCES SMARTSUITE 4.0 FOR WINDOWS 3.1 FEATURES NEW PRICING; NEW VERSIONS OF WORD PRO, ORGANIZER AND SCREENCAM". Archived from the original on 2016-02-25. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  11. ^ "Lotus Announces Availability of New SmartSuite 4.5 for Windows 3.1 Featuring Internet-enabled Word Pro Word Processor". Archived from the original on 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  12. ^ Fix list for SmartSuite for Windows 9.8 and fix packs
  13. ^ Court's finding of fact, United States Department of Justice, 14 August 2015, Sec. 127. November 5, 1999
  14. ^ "Full text of Judge Jackson's findings of fact". CNet., Sec. 116. January 2007
  15. ^ "Full text of Judge Jackson's findings of fact". CNet., Sec. 125. January 2007

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