Microsoft is announcing that their Office 2007 product, previously referred to as Office 12, should be availabel in the second half of 2006. They plan to offer the Technical Refresh Build of Office 2007 Beta 1 next month, with Beta 2 scheduled for the second quarter of 2006.
According to MSNBC, “In the second half of 2006 Microsoft is scheduled to launch an upgraded version of Office with redesigned user interface which aims to simplify the task of finding features already available within its family of programs, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook.” Being that they have not released a new upgrade since 2003, and the fact that their Windows OS and Office combined account for half of their revenues, this is a big deal to Microsoft. It is believed that the Beta 1 release is required for use on Vista.
Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007 is expected to include both Microsoft Office Communicator, for corporate instant messaging, and SharePoint, which is understood to offer collaboration and a web portal over both public and private networks.
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