Office 2007, Vista inch closer

Office 2007, Vista inch closer

Summary: Microsoft posted for download on October 6, as expected, a new test build of Vista, No. 5744. The company also sent a note the same day to its Technology Adoption Program (TAP) partners who are testing Office 2007, notifying them that Office 2007 is just weeks away from release to manufacturing (RTM).

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Microsoft posted for download on October 6, as expected, a new test build of Vista, No. 5744, which the company has christened Release Candidate (RC) 2.

The company also sent a note the same day to its Technology Adoption Program (TAP) partners who are testing Office 2007, notifying them that Office 2007 is just weeks away from release to manufacturing (RTM).

“We are pleased to announce that the 2007 Office system will be released to manufacturing (RTM) in the next few weeks,” read the note to TAP testers, a copy of which is available on the Activewin.com Web site.

Microsoft is planning to shut down the Office Preview site, from which testers have been accessing beta downloads, on October 25, according to the TAP note. On October 28, support for Office 2007 products will transition from the Beta support newsgroups to Microsoft Customer Service and support. The BetaPlace Web site and support newsgroups for Office 2007 will close down on October 30. And the SharePoint team beta sites will be decommissioned on October 31.

On the Vista front, Microsoft released the following statement Friday:

"Inline with the distribution of previous interim releases, Microsoft is distributing this (RC2) build to a select number of Customer Preview Program (CPP) participants, in addition to the regular distribution to TechBeta, TechNet, TAP and MSDN."

Microsoft officials said last week that the October test build of Vista would be the last broadscale beta of the product released before Vista goes gold. 

While some company watchers have continued to remain skeptical that Microsoft would be able to meet its goals of releasing Vista and Office 2007 to manufacturing before the end of this calendar year, it looks like Microsoft is on track to do so.

Microsoft officials have said to expect Vista to be available to business customers some time in November. Office 2007 is expected to be available to business users around the same time. Both products are expected to launch and be available via all sales channels in late January 2007.

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Excellent news...

    Even if the Linux supporters don't think so...
    No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Outlook

      I hope Outlook has more functionality in it, that is the whole piece that Office hinges on.
      Linux User 1
      • Give it a try...

        I think you will like it.
        No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Oh, we do -- we really do

      [i]Even if the Linux supporters don't think so.[/i]

      I think Microsoft should ship whatever they have right now, never mind waiting.
      Yagotta B. Kidding
    • I suppose you're right...

      ...Linux supporters won't think of this as "excellent news," or even as being news of any kind. We don't use "Office"--whatever it does--and don't, for the most part, care whether anyone else uses it. If it does something Microsoft users want done, have fun.
      Henry Miller
  • At last - forward planning by Microsoft.

    Mo Jo Foley said:
    [i]" Office 20007, Vista inch closer "[/i]

    Office [b]20007[/b]? Even Microsoft should have the bugs out by then, though I dread to think what WGA might be like! :-O
    bportlock
  • Wonderful

    I'll be more impressed with Vista than I will be with Office 2007, and I think buinesses will be too.

    http://distantspace.blogspot.com/
    opensourcepro
  • It's a good thing Vista won't be released until 20007

    The same applies to Office.

    By 20007 all of us will be dead and buried and never have had to endure the hardship of working with a POS like Vista.
    BeGoneFool
  • Office *2007*

    That extraneous "zero" in the name of Microsoft's next-generation Office suite has been removed from the headline. Thanks.
    David Grober
    • Slower Than Vista

      Yes, another 20,000 years before arrival would be slower than Vista.
      Not even inching. Probably micrometering.
      Ole Man