I saw this quickie in Reuters today:
Microsoft Corp. said Friday it will complete work on the new version of its Microsoft Office software package this October, and make it available to business customers at that time. But the company said the 2007 Microsoft Office system will not be available to retail and computer-builder customers until next year, to coincide with the launch of the new Windows Vista operating system.
Basically, home users, including students, will not be able to purchase the latest version of Microsoft Office without buying Windows Vista, sure to be a bloated and resource-heavy upgrade to Windows XP. The new version of Office is said to use more portable file formats (XML) and a new user interface. I haven’t seen the beta, so I don’t have ny more details on what regular customers who don’t want to upgrade to Vista will be missing.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published March 24, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.