Re: Microsoft Office 12 in 2006

07-09-2005, 11:03 PM
Tuesday, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates shined some light on the arrival
of Office 12. According to Gates, the Longhorn Office release will meet
Microsoft's self-imposed development schedule and will ship some time in
2006. Until Tuesday, Microsoft was cautious about committing itself to
any timeframe for Office 12.

The announcement confirms the timeline reported by Microsoft Watch,
made in November 2004, stating Office 12 is pegged to be released to
manufacturing by May 22, 2006 and will have a "street availability" of
July 17

In his speech to developers in Las Vegas, Gates said that the Office
System is slated to have improvements made to business intelligence,
document sharing features, rights management, scheduling, and workflow

"Those are areas where Office has gotten richer and will in the next
big release, which is coming sometime next year," Gates told attendees.
There is also an array of new Office server products on the horizon.
These are rumored to include server versions of Excel, Visio and
potentially InfoPath.

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a beta of another vertical office server
code-named Maestro, which provides server-based business management
scorecard software. The breadth of Office System server development has
left the rumor mill whirling about potential Web services.

Redmond may also launch a new charting application as part of Office
12. According to Microsoft Watch, the charting application may draw on
Longhorn's Avalon graphics subsystem. Avalon will be back-ported to
legacy edition of Windows to make the Office System more widely

"Microsoft has long talked about next Office release in the 'Longhorn
timeframe,' so 2006 delivery isn't exactly shocking. Still, timing is
significant, because Microsoft is trying to move customers to 64-bit
and Longhorn," said Jupiter Research senior analyst Joe Wilcox.
"Operating systems don't sell in a vacuum; there need to be
applications. Microsoft supported the move from 16-bit to 32-bit by
releasing Windows 95 and Office 95 concurrently."

Office 12 is expected to precede Longhorn, which is also slated to
arrive some time in 2006.

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