“Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it would delay the release of its Office business software suite, citing ‘product performance’ issues,” Allison Linn reports for The Associated Press.

“In a statement released by the company’s Waggener Edstrom public relations firm, Microsoft said it would now release the product to big business customers by the end of the year, instead of in October as planned,” Linn reports.

“Consumers and other business users are now scheduled to get the product in early 2007. Microsoft had previously said it would be broadly available in January, to coincide with the delayed release of Microsoft’s Windows Vista computer operating system,” Linn reports.

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“It was not immediately clear how the Office delay would impact Microsoft’s Vista plans or a potential joint product launch. Many outsiders have already said they expect the Windows update to also be delayed beyond January, but Microsoft has yet to acknowledge a further delay,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News.

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