Microsoft has Delayed Office 2007 as Well as Vista

Microsoft just announced that they are delaying Office 2007 as well as Windows Vista, they will still offer it to volume license customers in October, and to retail and OEM manufacturers 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 News.com.

Microsoft announced the Vista delay Tuesday. With the twin postponements, the PC industry’s holiday season is shaping up to be quite different than the one originally expected. Microsoft has said it doesn’t expect the Vista delay to dent PC sales in the fourth quarter, but analysts have largely disagreed.

Microsoft is making major changes to Office, which will feature all-new XML-based file formats, as well as a completely overhauled user interface, among other changes.

By pushing out the Office launch date, however, Microsoft will regain the ability to launch the two products in tandem. Microsoft had been planning a massive fourth-quarter launch for the products. Source: News.com

Not surprising, it seems most products from Microsoft are delayed atleast once. Doesn’t matter to me, I’ll check it out whenever it comes out.