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Contrary to Microsoft statements issued, oh, just about six weeks ago, Office 2008 for Mac will not ship by the end of the year. Instead, the first major release of the productivity suite since 2004 will arrive at market in mid-January 2008. “There was no one thing that caused the push—it was more of a perfect storm,” Craig Eisler, general manager of Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit, told Ars Technica. “The switch to Intel processors, the switch to different tools in the development stream, the switch in formats with Office–all of it presented different roadblocks for the team, and we wanted to make sure we could address all of those issues.”
And don’t forget company tradition. Microsoft postponed its initial shipment deadlines for Windows Vista and Office 2007, as well.
“As tough as it is, I firmly believe that this slip is the right call for MacBU,” Eisler wrote in a post to Mac Mojo. “Delivering Office at the right quality level is super important to the entire team and to Microsoft’s long-standing commitment to the Mac platform, and it was clear from our June and July quality checkpoints that no matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t release our product in time for the Christmas season with the kind of quality we wanted.”
So Microsoft will debut it right around the time of the Macworld Expo, Apple’s big conference and trade show, which is pretty much like Christmas for the Mac faithful anyway.