Downloaded symphony yesterday. Download is painfully slow.
Application is painfully slow.
Using an outdated fork of the openoffice codebase.
Doesn't handle microsoft documents anywhere near as well as oo2.3 does.
The main reason for having ms apps is that third party big business software tends to integrate to these, if anything. Most users wouldn't need ms so could use oo but if some people have ms in a large organisation then the ability for oo to properly render the documents created from it is vital (and the fork used for symphony isn't good enough).
Maybe the next release based on a more up to date fork will give better results.