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Microsoft Office 2008 Slips to January

by Adam C. Engst

In what one may perceive as either a major or minor delay, Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) has announced that Office 2008 for the Mac will now ship in mid-January 2008 [1] in the United States, with worldwide availability scheduled for the first quarter of 2008. That probably translates to a public unveiling at Macworld Expo in San Francisco on 14-Jan-08. Previously, Office 2008 had been scheduled for release in the second half of 2007 [2], but according to the MacBU, the slip was required to achieve the necessary level of quality. User comments on Microsoft's Mac Mojo blog tend toward the testy, with a number of people expressing disappointment about the delay while simultaneously acknowledging that quality is key.

[1]: http://blogs.msdn.com/macmojo/archive/2007/08/02/office-2008-coming-january-2008.aspx
[2]: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/jan07/01-09MacworldPR.mspx