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Office 2007 SP1 rumored to be shipping early

According to ZDNet, Microsoft could release Office 2007 SP1 the week of December 10. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley cites sources claiming familiarity with Microsoft's release window. Microsoft's previous official statements leaned towards an early 2008 release, making this an early Christmas (or late Hanukkah) present for users. Last week, the SharePoint Server 2007 team blog suggested that SP1 was...

Microsoft to offer $3 version of Windows

Microsoft will be announcing plans later today to offer a bargain basement $3 version of Windows as well as Office 2007 exclusively to people in developing countries as part of the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Program. The program aims to double the amount of worldwide PC users by 2015 and thinks one of the keys to doing that is cheap software. Countries like Brazil, Nigeria, and Argentina have...

Do You Need Office 2007 in Your Small Office?

Microsoft Office 2007 is big, bloated and brilliant. There is a plethora of new features for PowerPoint, Word, Excel (the jewel in the crown) and Outlook, my other husband. Microsoft recently brought the 2007 show local and I couldn't resist spending an intimate day with hundreds of other geeks. When the demonstrator's overloaded power laptop blue-screened, the crowd of small business owners...

Microsoft leaving Windows 2000 users out in the cold

Information Week reports that Microsoft could be unnecessarily eliminating support for Windows 2000 and older systems from new software releases. A number of new Microsoft programs, such as Office 2007 and the new Zune software won't install on Windows 2000 systems. While some programs are truly designed with newer operating systems in mind, it appears Microsoft has intentionally blocked some...

Windows Vista launches

Microsoft officially announced the launch of Windows Vista for business customers yesterday, and expects more than 200 million users will be working with this new version by the end of 2007. At a presentation on Thursday, Steve Ballmer said that Vista, along with Office 2007 and Exchange server will be "game-changing". With all of the delays, and the consumer version not being released until the...

Microsoft sets Office's ribbon UI not-quite-free

So you're a software developer and want your program to have a shiny "ribbon" interface just like Office 2007? Well, guess what--Microsoft patented the hell out of it! This should not surprise anybody. However, there is good news for developers, or some of them, at least. Microsoft has announced that it has "created a royalty-free licensing program that will enable developers to build...

Microsoft Office ready for download on December 1st

Microsoft has completed Microsoft Office 2007, and it will be released for download on December 1st for US and Canadian residents. As for users in other parts of the world, there will be 13 countries, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Australia, and Mexico, that will be able to download a free 60-day trial later in December. Retails stores will not see Office 2007 until early 2007,...

New packaging for Vista and Office

Over at the Windows Vista Team Blog they're showing off some renders of the new retail packaging that Windows Vista and Office 2007 will be shipping in. Is this news? Well... no. But the packages are pretty and clearly show the direction Windows is going in, i.e. away from this and toward this. Says Microsoft's Nick White: "Designed to be user-friendly, the new packaging is a small, hard, plastic...

Office 2007 ribbon gets tweaked

One thing we've heard about Office 2007's new "ribbon" menu system is that it's pretty big, and Microsoft apparently was hearing that a lot, too. Microsoft says that in the next beta release of Office 2007, the ribbon--which our own Ryan Carter praised in his video review earlier this week--will have an auto-hide option to make it disappear from view when not in use. Microsoft Australia's John...

Microsoft Office 2007, here's my 150 cents

Really, honestly, you want people to pay you $1.50 for the download of your poorly dubbed Office 2007 system (small "s")? What good will that do? How does that encourage the download and successful beta testing of one of your biggest cash cows, hmmm Microsoft? This will promote piracy of the beta (sad, isn't it). This will also make current "free beta" testers mad at you (like me). I think the new...

Microsoft Stock Buyback

Microsoft is planning on buying back 8% of its total stock due to a falling net income in the fourth quarter. This stock buyback will add to the already $30 billion it has already bought back in the past year alone. Microsofts income has reported to have dropped from $3.70 billion to $2.83 billion, mostly die to the growing number of legal expenses incurred over the past while. Microsoft's expects...

Office 2007 nukes the Insert key

Overtype mode, i.e. the way Microsoft Office apps, in particular Word, will overwrite text in front of the cursor as you type, without so much as a beep, if you happen to have pressed your Insert key, has long been the scourge of typists the world over, and for a good long time there's been real no reason for its existence at all. Finally Microsoft seems to have realized this, as according to Jan...

On Office 2007's new look

Speaking of new looks, Microsoft's design site (which I didn't even know existed) has a page on some of the new design elements in Office 2007. We've heard plenty about the ribbon, of course, but the site also goes over Office 2007's three themes (sky blue, OS X silver, and Vader black), as well as the new application icons that are coming soon to a desktop near you. Office 2007's new aesthetic is...

Office 2007 delayed 'til, uh, 2007

There's a reason Microsoft called the next version of its office suite Office 2007 despite its projected October 2006 release date, and this is it. To nobody's surprise, Microsoft has pushed its release date back to early 2007 "based on internal testing and the beta 2 feedback around product performance." It has also pledged to deliver a "system release" (which I think means for OEMs) of Office...

Test drive Office 2007 without the download

Want to give Office 2007 Beta a try but don't want to bother downloading it? You're in luck, because Microsoft is doing a Test Drive program which lets you try the product in your web browser. Well, their web browser-unsurprisingly it's IE-only and requires you install a plugin and sign in with Passport. If the server is busy (and it is right now) you'll be put in a queue, but my estimated wait...