It was announced today that Office 2008, originally slated for a 2007 release, will now be releasing in January 2008.
No specific reasons were pinpointed in the announcement other than the software was not meeting its quality checkpoints in June and July of this year.
With the lack of information, but vague promises of “hoping” to share more in September, eager customers hoping to use this by the end of the year are left with more questions than answers. This is also no pricing information at this time, only working on Intel powered Macs at first, a definite opening for a new version of iWork seems to be appearing.
It has been rumored for a while now that Apple would release a new version of the productivity suite at the same time as their new version of OS X, Leopard. Up until now, the Apple backed competitor to Miscorsoft Office has been lacking a spreadsheet app, if that was to fall into place with this next release, the delay of Office 2008 could become a moot point for many of the Apple faithful.
Next week, Apple will be having another of their media events to announce new products, and with the emphasis appearing to be on Mac, there is a chance we will hear the news on iWork at that time.