Ballmer: Office 14 will not be released in 2009

Despite Windows 7's release looming over the horizon, ZDNet has stated that Steve Ballmer himself said, "Office 14 will not be this year," in an interview with analysts at the Wall Street Journal. Keen readers will notice that Ballmer called it Office 14, and not Office System 2009 which it could possibly be named on release.

Many people thought that Microsoft would time the new Office revision along with Windows 7's release, as many businesses prefer to upgrade to a new OS and a new Office suite at the same time, but Ballmer has dashed all thoughts of this happening. However, it is still quite possible Microsoft may delay Windows 7 to bring the two releases to the public simultaneously. Undoubtedly many people would be rather upset if Microsoft decided to hold back a major operating system to wait for an office suite, but nobody knows for sure what will happen yet.

ZDNet's report said that a beta of Office 14 is expected this coming summer, with that news coming from Microsoft sources, and Microsoft released an Alpha version to selected customers in January. Microsoft is reportedly aiming to release Office 14 and SharePoint Server 14 alongside each other.

Be sure to check out the Office 14 Beta when it hits in summer.

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Unless my Math is wrong, isn't Office 13 the next one out? I bought "Office 2007 Standard 2007" and that's version 12 according to "Help > About".

I would love to be able to have tabs in the office window so we can flip between multible projects without having different windows open.

Well I think this makes sense. I mean, excluding Office XP, three to four years for an office release is pretty standard over the last few versions (97, 2000, 2003, 2007). Having Office 14 come out in 2010 would be more in line with their current time line.

I'm confused... some people here are saying that Office 14 is being delayed... I don't remember ever hearing a target date.
Others are thinking Win7 will be delayed to coinside with Office 14's release... well no surefire date has been set on its release either which could (at latest, 3 years from Vista's) be NOT IN 2009 either!
(Unlikely, but not out of the promise range... very unlikely with being in the late RC branch with 10 months of this year to go).

cybertimber2008 said,
I'm confused... some people here are saying that Office 14 is being delayed... I don't remember ever hearing a target date.
Others are thinking Win7 will be delayed to coinside with Office 14's release... well no surefire date has been set on its release either which could (at latest, 3 years from Vista's) be NOT IN 2009 either!
(Unlikely, but not out of the promise range... very unlikely with being in the late RC branch with 10 months of this year to go).

Office 14 isn't being delayed as such, it's just not coming out until next year.

Windows 7 will not be delayed. Otherwise, the media might as well start up their MS-bashing machines and there goes a successful Windows launch.

dcoaster said,
Windows 7 will not be delayed. Otherwise, the media might as well start up their MS-bashing machines and there goes a successful Windows launch.

Yes, blame it all on the media. The media put the bugs in Vista.

Most of Vista's problem wasn't Microsoft's fault. Hardware vendors didn't have appropriate drivers available for Vista, which leads to instability for any OS.

As for bugs, every piece of software has bugs; I didn't experience any from Vista, and I was an early adopter. But then again, I made sure my hardware and drivers were up to snuff.

hmm yeah let them take their time on office 14.. too early for them to release that.. its not ever been that long.. what 2.5 yrs may be? they should wait...

That's great news! Still a lot of people missing out on the innovations of 2007, there's no need to push out a new version already.

Damn.. I thought they would release it along with Windows 7. Hope Windows 7 doesn't get delayed because of Office Team delaying office 14.

rakeshishere said,
Damn.. I thought they would release it along with Windows 7. Hope Windows 7 doesn't get delayed because of Office Team delaying office 14.

I hope it isn't delayed either. I don't think it will be, but you never know.

I dont get what further can they add in Office 14? Visio, OneNote and Microsoft Office Project will feature the ribbon interface element used in other Office 2007 applications and that's all i can think out of my mind

well

they are better off postponing/delaying/whatever and give us HQ release rather then rush the release and give us crap

Well, it'll never be released, will it? Because it doesn't matter how long they take, they will **** off at least 1 user.

Art is never finished, only abandoned. -Da Vinci

Still haven't upgraded to 2007 from 2003. Haven't really seen any reason to at this time. 2007 seven other then a new GUI face didn't really give me any thing new for my normal every day office or at home use.

Live Preview
Ribbon UI (Nothing but Tabs)
Improved SmartArt
Themes and Quick Styles
Works and looks Excellent on Vista
Microsoft Excel is much more advanced and improved than Excel 2003

iamwhoiam said,
It's all opinion as I think the ribbon interface is fugly.

I don't like the ribbon either. We use the ribbon in our own software and I can't stand using it even in that.

FoxieFoxie said,
Try 2k7, ribbon is awesome

Yes, the ribbon is certainly the best thing they ever came up with.
It's good to see they're including it in out-of-thebox apps in Win7 now (although sadly not in all yet).
Another reason that speaks for Win7.

The ribbon takes some getting used to. I know it took me a while to find everything, especially in Excel, but once you do it works fine. For new users it exposes features they may have never found in the menus.

Whereas everyone is itching for Windows 7, I'm still quite content with Office 2007 (and even Vista). Let them take their time with this one and get it right (again).

I agree, Office 2007 is fine. I do like to see Windows and Office updated at the same time so when you start rolling out the latest platform you don't have to double-back and update office a few months later. Having said that, my company will probably not even look at deploying Windows 7 until summer 2010 at the earliest so it̢۪s no biggie.