There has been a lot of confusion over the announcement that Office 2007 would also reschedule its consumer launch date to January 2007 to match that of Vista. This marketing launch is a different animal than the development and availability date of the Office 2007 product(s).
Microsoft clarifies this with a press release that reads as follows:
Microsoft Confirms Timeline for 2007 Microsoft Office System
Product on track for October RTM.
REDMOND, Wash. — March 24, 2006 — Yesterday, Microsoft Corp. confirmed the timeline for release and availability of its 2007 Microsoft® Office system. The company remains on track to complete work on the 2007 Microsoft Office system in October of this year and is planning to make the product available to the business customers through the volume licensing program in October 2006. Retail and OEM availability of the product are scheduled to coincide with the retail and OEM availability of the Windows Vista™ operating system in January 2007.
It has been stated that Beta 2 will be available in June, and the above press release specifies October as the RTM and bits available date. Rock on!
As usual, I’ve been too busy rfeading other blog posts about the recent announcements, sleeping, or traveling to visit customers to be one of the first to talk to you about the
new “Refresh”-ed version of Beta 1.
The Non-Disclosure period for many of the Server-side functions that have not already been announced is going to be expiring in the next week or so. It’ll be great to be able to talk in more detail about the server-side pieces of SharePoint Server 2007. In the meantime, if you want to start looking up more details about the next version, you can start with this list of blog entries…
The blog has been quiet for a while. I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a most excellent 2006.
To start the year off the right way, here’s a list of SharePoint and collaboration webcasts coming up in January…
Jason Mauer and I presented the debut session of a Office Server Workshop this afternoon in Bellevue. We played to a packed house (well, there were a few empty seats) of 45 and had a good time exploring some pieces of Office “12” Server. I’d like to take a minute again to point everyone to the PDC 05 recorded content that is still available online. I think it is supposed to be available until March or so. (6 months from PDC, right?) I think that is still the best way to get an introduction to Office “12” Server. That is, if you can’t make it to our Portland edition of this presentation, next week, Dec 13th… Another good way is probably to check out http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview.
I know this isn’t the most current post, but I need to record it here for those that use this page as their home page.
We’d like to announce the resumption of SharePoint User Group meetings in the great Pacific Northwest.
Preview and Demo of the Next Version of SharePoint
Preview and Demo of the Next Version of Content Management Server
Preview and Demo of the Next Version of Microsoft Office
Review of related PDC 2005 Announcements
Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Microsoft Bellevue Office
205 – 108th Ave NE, 4th Floor, Bellevue
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Microsoft Portland Office
10260 SW Greenburg Rd, 6th Floor, Portland
Time: 11:30AM – 1:30PM; Lunch will be provided.
Driving directions and more information about each office is available in the above links.
Chris Barnard, Portal Specialist
Jason Mauer, Developer Evangelist
Owen Allen, Portal Technology Specialist
Please feel free to share this information with your friends and neighbors and significant others. (?)
Demos, food, and free prizes. What’s not to love?
CorasWorks is presenting a SharePoint “Workspace Workshop” in Seattle on November 14th. This is a hands-on workshop focusing on using their products with SharePoint. It is a free workshop, but registration is limited. Attendees will have a workstation provided for. This is part of a tour of cities for the workshop. See the CorasWorks events site for information about registration and other cities.
SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Service Pack 2 was released today. Download here.
SP2 introduces support for the following:
· Support for running on 64-bit machines in 32-bit emulation mode
· Support for Reverse Proxy and Alternate URL support
· Support for IP-Bound virtual servers
· Support for off-box SSL termination
· Support for SQL Server 2005
Lastly, SharePoint Portal Server 2003 with SP2 will be Kerberos-enabled by default.
Hey look! – More hands-on lab goodness from the SharePoint folks! Download here, and go get all “hands-on” and stuff.
Scenarios included are: (Yes, I know you can see the list by following the link)
- building a divisional portal site
- deploying custom web apps that integrate with the portal
- using SQL2000 Reporting Services to track portal usage
- customizing the portal user interface
CorasWorks is coming to the Seattle area to deliver a workshop about SharePoint development using their webparts. This is a full day workshop covering design patterns and bext practices for SharePoint development. Check the web site for more details.