Microsoft confirmed on Monday that it has completed work on Office 2007's system code and released it to manufacturing. Customers in Canada and the United States can start downloading Office 2007 on Dec. 1. That is one day after the company plans to officially launch the updated productivity suite along with the Windows Vista operating system and the Exchange Server 2007 communications software in New York City.
Users in an additional 13 countries will be able to download the free 60-day trial versions "soon" after the beginning of December, according to a Microsoft spokeswoman, who declined to give further details. Those countries will include the U.K., Ireland, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and Mexico. Customers can activate their copy of Office 2007 within the first two months by paying online or at a retail store.