February 4, 2005

Office 2006

Still waiting to upgrade to Office 2003? Annonymous sources peg the next release of Office 12 Beta 1 at August 29, 2005 and the target for "street" availability July 17, 2006. When contacted, Microsoft VP Chris Capossela commented, "We will continue the trend of shipping a new version of Office every two to three years. That kind of predictability is very important for our (Software Assurance) annuity customers." Interested in more speculation, Andre Da Costa predicts:

Office 12 Beta 1 May 2005
Windows Longhorn Beta 1 June 2005
Windows Longhorn Server Beta 1 June 2005
Office 2006 Beta 2 November 2005
Windows 2006 Beta 2 January 2006
Office 2006 Worldwide Availability May 22, 2006
Windows Server 2007 Beta 2
Windows 2006 RC1 July 2006
Windows 2006 RC2 September 2006
Windows 2006 RTM October 30, 2006
Windows 2006 Client Worldwide Availability November 7, or November 23, 2006
Windows Server 2007 Beta RC1 April 2007
Windows Sever 2007 Beta RC2 June 2007
Windows Server 2007 RTM August 2007
Windows Server 2007 Worldwide Availability September 6, 2007
Service Pack 1 for Windows 2006 client with WinFS integrated - October 2007
Interesting...

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