Menu
2007 Microsoft Office ship date slips again

2007 Microsoft Office ship date slips again

Microsoft announced Thursday that the next version of its popular Office software will be delayed again, the second time in three months. The company now plans to deliver 2007 Microsoft Office, as the application suite has been renamed, to "business customers" by the end of the year.

The retail version of 2007 Office will be available to consumers in "early 2007," according to the company's announcement. Previously Microsoft promised the retail version by January 2007.

Microsoft is delaying the product so engineers can better incorporate feedback from the 2.5 million Office 2007 beta testers, a spokeswoman with Microsoft's public relations agency told our colleagues at IDG New Service. "What they want to do is to... give themselves a bit more time to make the product as good as it can possibly be," she said.

According to Microsoft spokesman Scott Massey, "The development team looked very critically at the work items remaining and the new timeline reflects what we believe to be a realistic amount of time to accomplish the remaining work."

The latest Beta 2 version of Office 2007 was made available in May, a little earlier than expected. The software giant previously had promised the product by this October.

This is the second delay for the product in just over three months. Last March Microsoft moved the new Office release back to keep it in line with the arrival of the company's new Vista version of Windows, which has also suffered a series of delays. This slip raises questions about whether another Vista delay is imminent as well.

Last month Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said the consumer launch of Vista could slip past his company's January launch date.

The most recent delay may hurt PC sales during the holiday season, traditionally system vendors' strongest sales month. Even though many manufacturers are likely to offer their end-of-year customers coupons for free upgrades to the new version of Office when it becomes available, many businesses and consumers are now more likely to wait until early next year to make their PC purchases.

Microsoft is readying two business editions of the productivity suite: Office Professional Plus and Office Enterprise. Consumer versions of the product include Office Home and Student 2007, Office Professional 2007, Office Small Business 2007, Office Standard 2007, and an Office Ultimate 2007 edition.

Earlier this week, Microsoft released a Web-based version of Office 2007 that users could test within their Internet Explorer browsers.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

Hundreds of leaders from the New Zealand IT industry gathered at the Hilton in Auckland on 17 November to celebrate the finest female talent in the Kiwi channel and recognise the winners of the Reseller News Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) 2020.

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards
Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

The leading female front runners of the New Zealand ICT industry joined together for the annual Reseller News Women in ICT Awards event at the Hilton in Auckland, during which hundreds of guests celebrated 13 outstanding individuals who won awards, chosen from more than 50 finalists representing over 30 organisations.

Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards
Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

More than 500 channel leaders gathered in Auckland on 21 October at the ​Reseller News Innovation Awards ​2020 to celebrate the achievements of the New Zealand technology industry's top partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals.

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners
Show Comments