In All About Microsoft, Mary Jo Foley reports that Office 14 will be available in the first half of 2009 (Office 14: Think first half of 2009). The news came from Office “14:” An AeroXP Exclusive on the AeroXperience Vista blog.
Despite my grouchy attitude through it all, I rather enjoyed the beta testing experience, trying out new things, and more important, trying out old things to make sure they still work as expected. It was interesting seeing the process, and testing more things with each refresh and beta edition. In some ways the final version feels like a beta. This is partly because Microsoft changed so many things about Office that not everything seems quite finished. I think it also feels this way because I’m not using the new version much yet, so every time I break it open it’s something new.
So who is going to upgrade to Office 2007, and who will keep using their ancient version until Office 2009 comes along?