Office 2007 delayed, Vista to follow?
Office 2007's launch schedule was announced just three months ago, but
Microsoft has already
decided to revise its plans. Instead of the announced October
business launch and January 2007 consumer launch, Microsoft has now
switched to much vaguer "by the end of 2006" and "early 2007" time
frames for the software suite's respective releases. According to
Microsoft, the postponement will make way for changes based on user
feedback from last month's Beta 2 release.
This isn't the first time Microsoft has backpedaled to a slippery timeframe
after announcing a precise schedule for a product's availability.
Last month, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Windows Vista was on track to ship
"early in the year," carefully avoiding to mention the official January
2007 date. This statement's similarity with the Office delay notice may
be no coincidence; a Citigroup analyst quoted by Reuters says he expects
Microsoft to announce that Vista has also been delayed in the near future.