Office 2007 Delay? Actually, No.

There has been a lot of confusion over the announcement that Office 2007 would also reschedule its consumer launch date to January 2007 to match that of Vista.  This marketing launch is a different animal than the development and availability date of the Office 2007 product(s).

Microsoft clarifies this with a press release that reads as follows:


Microsoft Confirms Timeline for 2007 Microsoft Office System
Product on track for October RTM.

REDMOND, Wash. — March 24, 2006 — Yesterday, Microsoft Corp. confirmed the timeline for release and availability of its 2007 Microsoft® Office system. The company remains on track to complete work on the 2007 Microsoft Office system in October of this year and is planning to make the product available to the business customers through the volume licensing program in October 2006. Retail and OEM availability of the product are scheduled to coincide with the retail and OEM availability of the Windows Vista™ operating system in January 2007.


It has been stated that Beta 2 will be available in June, and the above press release specifies October as the RTM and bits available date.  Rock on!

Team Hanselman Diabetes Walk

Way to go, Scott.  On May 6th, Scott is going to be walking to fight diabetes with Team Hanselman.  The goal is to raise $10,000 for the cause.  If you want to learn more, or learn how you might help, see Scott’s post:

Team Hanselman and Diabetes Walk 2006

MS Office 2007 Beta 1 Technical Refresh

As usual, I’ve been too busy rfeading other blog posts about the recent announcements, sleeping, or traveling to visit customers to be one of the first to talk to you about the new “Refresh”-ed version of Beta 1. 

The Non-Disclosure period for many of the Server-side functions that have not already been announced is going to be expiring in the next week or so.  It’ll be great to be able to talk in more detail about the server-side pieces of SharePoint Server 2007.  In the meantime, if you want to start looking up more details about the next version, you can start with this list of blog entries…

MS and the Ipod Box video

I saw the posts talking about the “What if MSFT designed the Ipod box” video for the last week and blew them off as – “yeah, that’s just someone taking another shot at the beast” — but I actually watched the thing and started laughing…  you know, the kind of laughing where you really don’t want others in the cube around you to know what you’re watching?  Recommended that you check out the parody video – here is a link to a Channel 9 posting about it.