Office 14 to be named Microsoft Office System 2009?

Microsoft is currently developing the successor to Office 2007, Office codenamed "14".

There has been little to no information on the upcoming Office version and many have speculated we might not see the product until 2010. Microsoft failed to provide any solid information at last years PDC, choosing to focus on its Office Live offerings.

Eagled eyed Microsoft enthusiast and blogger Stephen Chapman has spotted what appears to be an internal software roadmap from Microsoft. The roadmap reveals a milestone of year end 2009 but the dates aren't very clear:

In the roadmap you can see that Office 14 is clearly identified as Microsoft Office System 2009. Could this mean we'll be seeing a new edition of Office this year?

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lylesback2 said,

Microsoft Office System Professional Word
Microsoft Office System Professional Excel
Microsoft Office System Professional Access

Microsoft Office System Professional Word Windows Edition
Microsoft Office System Professional Excel Windows Edition
Microsoft Office System Professional Access Windows Edition

Just so we all don't get it confused with a Mac version ;).

Shadow Dragon said,

Microsoft Office System Professional Word Windows Edition
Microsoft Office System Professional Excel Windows Edition
Microsoft Office System Professional Access Windows Edition

Just so we all don't get it confused with a Mac version ;).


"ERROR: Your screen resolution is to low to display the whole name of this Microsoft Office System Professional Application, winword.exe cannot start."

morphen said,
"ERROR: Your screen resolution is to low to display the whole name of this Microsoft Office System Professional Application, winword.exe cannot start."


LOL.

Other than code optimizations, what can they possibly add to yet another version of Office?

Wouldn't surprise me if internally at least they were attempting to have this ready to launch simultaneously with Windows 7. If the product ships near the end of the year likewise I wouldn't be shocked if it instead gets called Office 2010 instead of 2009.

I wouldn't be so sure of them changing it to Office 2010. Microsoft seems to like using the odd years for the Windows versions of office (2003, 2007 etc.) and the even years for the mac versions (2004, 2008).

Also Microsoft does sometimes release products right at the end of the year without naming them for the next year. e.g. Visual Studio 2005 was released in November 2005.

I was sure I'd heard Office called "Office System" in the past before and lo and behold heres some references to the phase on MS's site in regards to 2007: here and Here

Obviously they will still primarily be sold and marketed as Office XXXX

yeah, i'm pretty sure i remember at least 2003 being called office system..

anyway... wasnt office 2007 version 12? what happened to office 13?

They skipped calling the next version of Office, Office 13 for superstitious reasons, from what I heard. The number 13 isn't very lucky lol.

flash_flicker said,
triskaidekaphobia.....FEAR of number "13".....thats what Microsoft is apparently suffering from....

:D

LOL, it's funny because it's true

dead.cell said,
Same with Norton Ghost no?

Yep, sure was. I found it silly both MS and Symantec did that, but each to their own I guess.

Microsoft spends too much time worrying about inane issues like this, and not enough time on improving their products. Of course nobody wants to add the word "System" to Microsoft Office, but these executives have to justify their excessive salaries some how.

Chrono951 said,
I thought 2007 was a huge improvement over 2003....

Except for Excel I agree with you. Excel, even with SP1 is still nowhere need the speed of the 2003 version when doing complex charting (3000+ data points)

Chrono951 said,
I thought 2007 was a huge improvement over 2003....

A lot of Word features broke in 2007. My boss likes to group pictures with their captions in a particular way, and I have to go to a computer with Office 2003 in order to make changes to them. I can't do crap in Word 2007 because the features do not exist. I want a downgrade :(.

afusion said,
Does Office normally get updated like this? It almost feels too fast..

Office 95 came in 95.
Office 97 came in 97.
Office 2000 came in 1999.
Office XP came in 2001.
Office 2003 came in 2003.
Office 2007 came in 2006.

If Office 14 arrives by the end of the year it will have left a big enough gap. I personally think it'll end up being released at the end of the year branded as 2010

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