In order to help everyone better understand the value of Symphony, we are posting to the wiki a summary document. Features are grouped in various categories. We invite you to think about this code as providing a rich set of features with the potential to significantly improve user
productivity, performance and stability of Apache OpenOffice. Additionally, there is excellent work in Microsoft Office file format support, globalization, and last but not least, accessibility support.
We hope everyone is as excited about this contribution as we are. IBM will continue to maintain and support Symphony for our customers until we are able to offer Apache OpenOffice with what we hope will be most of the value we are contributing today. How we get to this goal will depend on all of us working together here. We have our ideas, but recognize that we are all equal in the project and are dedicated to working in the Apache Way. [źródło]
Natomiast współcześnie jeden z deweloperów OpenOfficea przyznał otwarcie, że identycznie wyglądający pasek boczny nie ma nic wspólnego z kontrybucją. Fakt ciągłego pisania tego samego poniekąd tłumaczy długi czas oczekiwania na czwartą odsłonę pakietu biurowego.
The core implementation of the sidebar and the framework provided for panel developers is completely new. The sidebar looks similar to the Symphony property panel but shares no code with it. One important new feature is that the sidebar is easily configurable via the, well, configuration. Another one is that extensions can now add new decks and panels that can freely mix with existing decks and panels. More on that later. [źródło]