At 9:00 a.m. EST this morning, Microsoft announced that its long-awaited Office 2007 System was complete, setting the stage for a late November 2006 business rollout and a wider consumer launch in January. Microsoft is touting Office 2007--in tandem with upcoming products such as Windows Vista and Exchange Server 2007--as the linchpin of a new round in corporate spending.
"We've crossed the development finish line, and the team deserves to celebrate," said Microsoft president Jeff Raikes, who oversees the company's business division. "The 2007 Microsoft Office System RTM completes the most significant improvements to the products in more than a decade. It's rewarding to be able to send this release off to our customers and help them take the next big leap forward in productivity."
Microsoft previously announced its Office Technology Guarantee program, which lets customers who purchase new PCs between October 26, 2006, and March 15, 2007, with Office 2003 preloaded receive free or inexpensive upgrades to similar Office 2007 product versions. Details about these so-called upgrades are available through PC makers.
This week, I'll post a review and screenshot gallery of the final version of Office 2007 on the SuperSite for Windows.