Did you think that you were finally done deciding whether to install Office 2003 SP3 or upgrading to Office 2007?
Well, the latest news is that the next version of Microsoft Office is slated for release in the fall of 2009. In fact, a test release could also be coming as early as next year.It must be cautioned that this information is not official — yet. However, InformationWeek deduced this news based on the Web site of a recent Microsoft acquisition called Stratature:
According to the document, Microsoft will release Office 14 with Bulldog [Code name for Stratature's product]. A blog by Microsoft's Patrick Guimonet, an IT Pro Evangelist in France, notes that test releases of Bulldog will also "align" with those of Office 14.
The Bulldog roadmap states that an early, limited technology preview of Bulldog - and thus Office - is due in February 2008, with a more formal program due by the middle of the year, followed by a community technology preview by the fall of 2008 and the general release of Bulldog and Office a year later.
Obviously, Microsoft is keeping mum. Says a spokesman:
We've got nothing to announce at this point, we're focused on Office 2007 and the momentum we're seeing around it at the moment
Let's say that you just switched to Office 2007. Will you consider upgrading to Office 2009 when it is released?
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.