Microsoft delays new Office to January

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Microsoft on Friday announced the new version of its Office software suite would be delayed until next year for consumers, appearing in January to coincide with the postponed launch of its Vista operating system.

Microsoft announced earlier this week that Vista would appear in the New Year on retailers shelves rather than in time for the big holiday selling season, beginning in the US in November. It blamed a delay in testing of the new system to ensure quality.

Corporate customers who buy licences in volume for the Windows operating system will receive Vista on time in November and Microsoft said Office 2007, which features word processing and spreadsheet software, was on track to be completed in October this year and released to business at that time.

But the retail version would be held back to coincide with the consumer release of Vista, it said.

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