Microsoft delays Office 2007 launch, too

“Fresh on the heels of a delay in broad availability of Windows Vista, Microsoft confirmed late Thursday that it is also pushing the mainstream launch of Office 2007 to next year. As with Vista, Microsoft hopes to finish the code for Office 2007 this year. The company said that work will be completed by October, when it will make Office 2007 available to business customers that have signed up for Microsoft’s volume licensing program,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News. “And, again like Vista, Microsoft plans to ship retail and original equipment manufacturer versions of the product in January. ‘We believe this will provide an easier experience for consumers and retailers alike,’ a Microsoft representative said in an e-mail to CNET”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MikeR” for the heads up.]

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  1. Hey, stop bashing Office ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”excaim” style=”border:0;” />

    Without Excel and Office Apple would have more or less been history since long ago. As much as we may hate to acknowledge it it, that’s the truth.

    We all know that the OS X Intel transition is not complete until Office is running native either. Support the Microsoft Mac Business Unit. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. The simple (and sarcastic) answer is that they are all working on (the always on schedule) Vista. You can bet that Office 2007 makes use of Vista OS code. Since Vista must be rewritten, so must Office 2007.

  3. I read and interesting article at WORK yesterday – it was a proposal to fine Microsoft for releasing “Vaporware” announcements because it stagnated the market as people wait for Microsoft’s “solution” which comes two years later with half the promissed features.

    Now I don’t think this is a good idea actually – what I do think is that consumers will eventually start voting with their wallets if it really makes them upset.

    For the home user, there is no reason to have a Windows box.

  4. Whether it’s now or months from now, Vista, Word, and all the rest of the hated Microsoft is the future.

    Apple is all about head bangers, reefers, and losers silhouetted on billboards downloading endless tunes…

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