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Office 2007 Delayed Again 211

Tyler Too writes "Ars Technica reports that Microsoft Office 2007 has been delayed again, this time into early 2007. 'Based on internal testing and the beta 2 feedback around product performance, we are revising our development schedule to deliver the 2007 system release by the end of year 2006, with broad general availability in early 2007.' Tough bit of timing after this week's online preview of Office 2007."
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Office 2007 Delayed Again

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  • In other news... (Score:5, Informative)

    by gasmonso ( 929871 ) on Thursday June 29, 2006 @06:00PM (#15632097) Homepage

    Open Office 2.0.3 was released today for the low low cost of NOTHING :) []
  • Probably... (Score:2, Informative)

    by darthservo ( 942083 ) on Thursday June 29, 2006 @06:20PM (#15632252)
    As the guy above [] kind of eluded to, Open Office 2.0 (just released 2.0.3 today) is pretty sufficient and that would be worth upgrading to.

    Office 97 was a piece of junk, and 2000 didn't offer much more. 2002 was where they started getting things right, and 2003 had some nice features. I've personally been using the 2007 beta where there's some nifty stuff that I could see some business use for (though they're pushing Sharepoint like a crack dealer).

    So, IMO, if you don't have documents that are very heavily formatted (which judging by the fact that you're still using 97, I don't think so), and money is an issue, move yourself out of MS 97 and go with OO.O 2.

  • by Drishmung ( 458368 ) on Thursday June 29, 2006 @06:26PM (#15632279)
    But "Chicago", which was to be named "Windows 4.0", was so late and had slipped so many times, that it was renamed "Windows 95" to force a 'drop-dead' ship date and encourage the troops.

    As Samuel Johnson said: "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."

  • by MyNymWasTaken ( 879908 ) on Thursday June 29, 2006 @06:38PM (#15632359)
    Since when has MS released year-named products before that year?

    Windows 98 release date [] - June 25, 1998
    Windows 2000 release date [] - Feb 17, 2000
    Office 2003 release date [] - Oct. 21, 2003
  • by Zarel ( 900479 ) on Thursday June 29, 2006 @06:45PM (#15632400)
    NT 6.0 (or will it be 5.3? Who has the Vista beta installed?)
    It's NT 6.0.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 29, 2006 @06:46PM (#15632406)
    The problem is that Office 2007 and the ribbon punishes power users.

    If you know what you are doing under Office 95+, you can throw all your acquired knowledge out the window (not quite but close). Really what happens is that you know what you want to do, but are no longer able to actually do it. Now you have to figure out how to do what you want under some new system.

    Now this isn't as bad as being an Office power user and moving to OpenOffice, where you know what you want it just isn't how OpenOffice works. Office 2007 stills works the way you think, under the hood. However, you can't open the hood and do what you want. It is like trying to drive your car using an RC car remote control. You know what you want, you just aren't allowed to touch the steering wheel or the pedals.

    The other problem with the ribbon is the mouse-only nature of it. Forget mouse-centric computing, this is mouse only computing. It was bad enough that Office would change the Alt-mnemonics every release, but now they are bye-bye.

    Really this is a UI change on a mature product with no real purpose but change for change sake, and assuming all users are morons. If you hit the space bar 20 times for each line to move something to the right (as opposed to setting a tab stop for those lines) this UI change is for you.

    If we are lucky this will be like the MDI/SDI UI change in Office 2000 (?). Users complained ... a lot ... in Office 2003 an option appeared to select MDI or SDI. Maybe in Office 2010 we'll get an option to get our menubar back.

    Typical, marketing attitude of computer users are idiots, there are no power users. When actually users tend to know more then the condescending marketing people think.

    BTW, I know someone who worked marketing at my company and left for MSFT. She used to fake user surveys to reach the outcome she wanted. I have never trusted marketing surveys since then.
  • Re:Say what? (Score:3, Informative)

    by jaysones ( 138378 ) on Thursday June 29, 2006 @07:30PM (#15632686)
    It's a Mac thing. Parallels is virtualization software for running Windows natively at full speed in a window on a new Intel Mac. Entourage is Microsoft's Mac email client, bundled with Mac Office. Rosetta is the compatibility layer that allows new Intel Macs to run OS X PPC apps transparently but with a slight a speed hit.
  • Re:Blah (Score:3, Informative)

    by gathas ( 588371 ) on Thursday June 29, 2006 @08:38PM (#15633086)
    I second the praise for Word 5 for Mac. Fast, straightforward UI. 6 was just awful and slow.
  • Re:OpenOffice FTW! (Score:4, Informative)

    by PhxBlue ( 562201 ) on Thursday June 29, 2006 @08:40PM (#15633094) Homepage Journal
    I've heard of hitting a fly with a hammer, but this is the first time I can recall hearing of hitting a nail with a flyswatter.

    Seriously, if you need spreadsheets that big, you don't need spreadsheets--you need a database.
  • by lumber_13 ( 937323 ) on Thursday June 29, 2006 @09:44PM (#15633374)
    mouse-only nature of it ......
    who told you that ? shotcuts are exactly as before. Get a hands on on office 2007 and then blabber here. Also get some perspective about OO, office is matured as you said, OO is still in alpha phase.

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