Microsoft acknowledged Thursday that it has, at least slightly, delayed delivery of Office 2007, primarily for performance issues.
"Based on internal testing and Beta 2 feedback around product performance, we are revising our development schedule to deliver the 2007 Microsoft Office system by the end of year 2006, with broad general availability in early 2007," said a statement provided by a Microsoft spokeswoman.
Beta 2 of Office 2007 just started in late May when it was given out to attendees at Microsoft's annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Seattle.
No one knows at this point, exactly how much extra time will be needed to assure the gigantic product is fully tested and optimized, and the company declined to speculate, saying, as always, that quality will determine schedules and not vice versa.
"Feedback on quality and performance will ultimately determine the exact dates," the statement said