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Office 2007 lived up to its name last month when Microsoft admitted it would delay the mainstream launch of the product until next January.

Office 2007 lived up to its name last month when Microsoft admitted it would delay the mainstream launch of the product until next January.

The move was announced shortly after the firm’s decision to hold back the consumer launch of its Windows Vista operating system (see IT Weekly 25 – 31 March 2006).

As with Vista, Microsoft executives had repeatedly said that Office 2007, previously code-named Office 12, would definitely ship in the second half of this year.

News of the delay was broken by a short statement on the company’s web site, in which it said it had “confirmed” the timeline for release and availability of Office 2007.

Work on Office 2007 will be completed by October, with Microsoft making it available to business customers through its volume licensing programme, Microsoft said.

“Retail and OEM availability of the product are scheduled to coincide with the retail and OEM availability of the Windows Vista operating system in January 2007,” the statement said.

The twin product delays have sparked massive controversy with analysts claiming they could impact on overall PC sales for this year, and Microsoft staff members allegedly calling online for CEO Steve Ballmer to stand down.

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