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Q: When is Office 2003 likely to be superceded? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: When is Office 2003 likely to be superceded?
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: johnt01-ga
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Posted: 10 Sep 2005 06:49 PDT
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Question ID: 566428
When is Office 2003 likely to be superceded?  I'm trying to decide if
I should upgrade now or wait for the next release.
Subject: Re: When is Office 2003 likely to be superceded?
Answered By: omnivorous-ga on 10 Sep 2005 07:36 PDT
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Johnt01 --

Microsoft has yet to put the next version of Office into beta test. 
Since beta test period for applications last 6 months to a year, it
looks as if the new version of Office is at least a year away.

You can sign up for information about the beta test (and possibly
participate in it) on this page.  It also has quite a bit about the
future structure of Office, particularly in its use of XML file
"The Future of Microsoft Office"

Google search strategy:
"Microsoft Office" beta

Best regards,


Request for Answer Clarification by johnt01-ga on 10 Sep 2005 08:40 PDT
If I'm not mistaken MS usually schedules a release target years in
advance (and notoriously inaccurate).  Is there a release target for
the next Office release?

Clarification of Answer by omnivorous-ga on 10 Sep 2005 11:00 PDT
Johnt01 --

You're absolutely correct about there being release date predictions
-- particularly for the operating system -- and those are often off by
years. Two organizations say that Microsoft has said "2006" for the
new version of Office:

"New Microsoft Office release coming in 2006," (Evers, May 11, 2005),10801,101651,00.html

The 2nd organization is Directions on Microsoft, the company that does
a newsletter and series of reports on Microsoft.  However, I could not
find a specific quarter for the Office schedule, either on the
Directions on Microsoft site nor on the Microsoft home page:

Directions on Microsoft 
"Free Samples of Directions on Microsoft Content"

I've been a past subscriber to their newsletter and if detailed
information on Microsoft products (and organization structure) are
important to you, I'd highly recommend subscribing.

Best regards,


Clarification of Answer by omnivorous-ga on 14 Sep 2005 12:24 PDT
Johnt01 --

ZDNet just published quite a bit on Office 12, as it's being called,
after a detailed briefing for developers at the Microsoft Developers
Conference on yesterday in Los Angeles.  There are several stories,
including some image, here:

Best regards,

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Thanks, that's what I needed.  Outstanding.


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