Office 14 To Be a No-Show in 2009

By  |  Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 10:15 am

Microsoft OfficeSteve Ballmer has finally put the kibosh on any hopes of seeing the next version of Office this year, essentially telling Wall Street analysts any rumors or leaks indicating such are not true, according to Mary Jo Foley.

Executives have let slip apparently that there was some possiblity of a late 2009 release, and enterprise sales representatives were echoing that to their customers. However, for whatever reason it now appears that date has slipped.

Could it be a casualty of the poor economy? Possibly. Pushing it into 2010 could mean a better adoption rate as many economists expect some type of recovery to begin at that time. A lot of companies right now are slowing down their product releases as a result of the poor retail environment, which does make good business sense.

Office 14′s delay doesn’t seem to be affecting Windows 7, however. MJ’s sources still place the release of that operating system later this year. I think it isn’t a problem: an operating system release is more important that a productivity suite in my eyes.

After all, I know a few folks who have still yet to upgrade from Office XP yet.

 
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  1. lotterygambling Says:

    I still have the 03

  2. David Worthington Says:

    Interesting.. there is really never a Windows without a new version of Office. I assumed that there would be a single launch event to cut costs also.

  3. Dave Barnes Says:

    Who cares?
    Seriously.
    I will buy (Family edition for $150) whatever Microsoft releases because I feel that I have to.
    But, there will not be one single feature that I will say that I need.
    I am still using 2004 even though I bought 2008 (Mac) over a year ago.

  4. Jeff Says:

    Great! I use Google Documents and OpenOffice.org anyway. They are free and easier to use.

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