Now Office 2007 is late, too

Written by Wil Harris

March 24, 2006 | 17:20

Tags: #delay #office-2007 #vista #windows

Companies: #microsoft

Not only is Windows Vista now put back until January for home users, but the latest incarnation of Microsoft Office is delayed too.

Office 12, officially named Microsoft Office 2007, has been put back to coincide with the consumer launch of the new operating system. Although business users will be able to grab Vista from November, they won't be able to install the new Office alongside it.

The new version of Microsoft Office sports numerous improvements to the interface, with a new 'ribbon' style replace the old menu bar and tool bar.

In related news, the word is that the problems with Windows Vista are being caused in the entertainment and multimedia sections of the operating system, with the Vista Media Center functionality causing major headaches for programmers. Allegedly, programmers have been pulled from the successful Xbox 360 team to give a hand and make sure that there are no further delays.

Microsoft is also pulling in people from its Viiv partner, Intel, in a bid to make sure that hardware compatibility is adequate.

One report suggests that as much as 60% of Vista's code needs vetting and rewriting before the consumer versions can launch.

Do you think Vista will hit even its January date? Things don't exactly look great for Microsoft, with features being dropped left right and centre. Will MCE functionality even make it in the cut? Let us know what you think over in the forums.
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