According to TUAW, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Microsoft has pushed back the release of Office 2008 for the Mac to make sure that the suite is up to mark.
Apparently, it will be released for manufacture in December this year, with a U.S. release due in mid-January, 2008. This would make it just in time for Macworld 2008.
Looks like Mac fans will just have to wait a while longer. TUAW reports:
Clearly updating a large suite like Office is always a major undertaking, and focusing on getting it right is great, however, January 2008 is 5 months away from now. I asked if there would, by any chance, a public beta int he coming months. Sadly, there will not be one.
Craig Eisler, general manager of Microsoft's Macintosh business unit to the Associated Press, confirms that it is a quality issue across the board, adding:
Eisler said Apple's decision to switch to Intel-based chips disrupted the software development process, as did Microsoft's move to a new file format with the release of Office 2007 for Windows-based computers.
You can read more about Microsoft delays Office for Mac release (Yahoo! News)
Alternatively, check out TUAW's Office 2008 for Mac screenshots