Microsoft Keeps Office 12 Cards Close at Dev Conference

Microsoft is hosting about 800 of its system partners, ISVs and Office application developers at its Redmond, Wash., campus this week to drill down into deep technical issues, talk about high-level business challenges and explore what the Office System is all about.


But attendees at the Microsoft Office System Developer Conference hoping to get the scoop on Office 12, the next version of the Office System under development, are going to be sorely disappointed. ADVERTISEMENT

Richard McAniff, corporate vice president of Microsoft Office System, told eWEEK in an interview that the focus of the conference would be on the current Microsoft Office System 2003 and not on Office 12, on which almost no information has been made public as of yet.


Asked by eWEEK why Microsoft Corp. is still pushing Office System 2003 more than a year after release and while another version of Office is under active development, McAniff said, "We are always working on a new version of Office, but what we are doing is making big, consistent bets that will carry from version to version."


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