Office Delayed: Can Microsoft Make the Trains Run on Time?By Channel Insider Staff | Print
Windows doesn't have the corner on the market when it comes to slip dates. Office 2007 is running behind schedule, too. So will appointing Microsoft's Office chief to head Windows really fix Microsoft's delivery problems? (Microsoft Watch)
Windows hasn't cornered the market on Microsoft date slips.
"It is true that Microsoft has decided to coordinate with Windows Vista to hit retail store shelves in January 2007, but that's a reflection of the desire to provide an easy purchasing process for consumers and a simplified selling opportunity for retailers," said a company spokeswoman. "There is no slip in schedule, just a change in delivery for the benefit of consumers and retailers."
She added that, just as is the case with Windows Vista, Microsoft will still release the Office 2007 code to manufacturing before the end of calendar 2006. But only volume licensees will be able to take delivery of the code in 2006. All other Office customers will have to wait until January 2007 to obtain Office 2007 through new PC preloads and the retail channels.
Microsoft announced Thursday that Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft Office development,
While the Office trains typically have run in a more timely manner than the Windows ones, Office is not immune from slips.
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