The Excel devs released a patch for the display bug on Tuesday, which is a good thing for those who are using Office 2007. For my part, I'm glad that I hadn't widely installed Office 2007 on my network, because I would have probably responded by beginning an initiative to rollback to Office 2003. That product has been really stable for us, even though it's not the latest and greatest. The same goes for Windows XP. We're going to be staying with that version for a while yet, and apparently we're not alone since MS has recently announced plans to continue selling XP for several more months. The software giant wouldn't do that if there weren't overwhelming demand from their most important customers.
The adage has always been that businesses won't upgrade to new software products until they can be proven stable. I'm seeing the wisdom of that practice now more than ever, between Vista disappointments and glaring Office 2007 flaws. Even though there are some improvements I find attractive in Microsoft's new products, I'll be waiting until their planned service packs are released before deploying them in earnest. My users rely on me to provide them with a supportive and stable environment, and I won't risk their confidence merely to chase new features. Not until Microsoft's flagship products have earned more of my confidence.