Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled in a webcast that the Office 14 suite has been delayed to 2010. The next-gen office suit was originally slated for the first half of 2009, and Ballmer gave no specific reason for the delay.
Ballmer's disclosure of the delay was actually made in passing.
"From a strategy perspective, the next big innovation milestone is Office 14, our next Office release, which will not be this year, there's a version of Sharepoint, there's a version of Exchange, there's a new version of Office Live," Ballmer said.
A Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed the delay, but declined to offer further details. "We can confirm, as Steve Ballmer shared this morning during his meeting with financial analysts, that the next version of Office will be available next year," she wrote in an email. "We have nothing additional to share at this point."
Also interesting is that Ballmer talked about a low-cost version of Windows Server, which will be designed to run on cheap "netbook"-like hardware.