Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Mar 2006 09:40 UTC, submitted by Mark v.
Microsoft Fresh on the heels of a delay in broad availability of Windows Vista, Microsoft confirmed late Thursday that it is also pushing the mainstream launch of Office 2007 to next year. As with Vista, Microsoft hopes to finish the code for Office 2007 this year. The company said work will be completed by October, when it will make Office 2007 available to business customers that have signed up for Microsoft's volume-licensing program. And, again like Vista, Microsoft plans to ship retail and original equipment manufacturer versions of the product in January. UPDATE: Microsoft has joined a committee that has a key role in the ratification of the OpenDocument format as an international standard.
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by CapEnt on Tue 28th Mar 2006 04:19 UTC
CapEnt
Member since:
2005-12-18

In google labs, right now, http://www.writely.com are maturing to directly compete againt MS Office for casual user, who do not need any advanced editing facilities.. like kids doing homework, ordinary people who just want to write a simple text, or simple small business docs...
And we have also OpenOffice, who doesn't even need comments.

Delaying the release of such critical (for MS) product, is not a intelligent thing to do now.

I'm starting to be really scared with the internal mess who MS are.

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RE: While...
by Angel--Fr@gzill@ on Tue 28th Mar 2006 07:18 in reply to "While..."
Angel--Fr@gzill@ Member since:
2005-12-23

!!!

You are right...

In such kind of bigBigBIG companies, administration is really a hard task, psynergy is many times difficult, and the internal mess is many times unavoidable...

I did woork for ALcatel, for a time, some years ago, and the mess as really unacceptable some times (they call it "bordel" in french), making them lose market opportunities and wasting ressources and money...

Of course being big has also advantages for the companies, but the products of the Big companies are NOT, contrary to what many people thing, better than in a small structure, in many cases. They can/are be actually even worst.

In a small structure they tend to make better products, (and quicker), because, interaction is better, they are forced to innovate quicker, and offer more... and if it is too big for them, well they simply do not make it ( well not always ;) )...

I guess that Microsoft is going to start having problems all along this decade, because its big relent structure and the new competitors in the OS market, and the Office suites market, their two traditional stronghold domains.

They will attach more to the "Multimedia-Interntet-TV-Video-Cinema-Games" market to make money, and they will play their game calling again the US administration to help them keep their domination...

But things may just be different this time. In Europe and Asia, they have already been warned (or comdemned in cour, fined...) against new monopolistic meaures for this new market.
In Europe they will be forced not to include Windows Media Player with the OS, so they do not repeate the tactics they used to achive the Internet browsers domination... Well, even with all that, they will try and can go away with it using the same or similar tactics, for instance...

So, the next two years will be decisive to you to make up your minds about keeping or selling the Ms Shares you have, and for you to keep your employment with MS or move to a smaller and quicker company, with more possibilities for the next 10-20 years (if you are not fired, what can start to happen in 2 or 3 years if Ms does not keep its current market dominance).

If this is the case, try maybe an open source company. In 10 years Open Source Software companies will have between 50% and 75%, if not more, of the software market, and Open source hardware will have started moving notoriously already...

Don't believe me...?
Well, its written in my Crystal Ball. And I have some knoledge-experience reading IT-Ecomomic-sociological-marketing crystal balls

!!!

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