Microsoft, company that loves to delay products, has announced plans to delay its upcoming Office 2007 to "early 2007."
A Microsoft spokesman said, "Based on internal testing and the beta 2 feedback around product performance, we are revising our development schedule to deliver the 2007 system release by the end of year 2006, with broad general availability in early 2007."
This could mean that Windows Vista, the upcoming OS from Microsoft, and Office 2007 will be released at the same time. Office 2007 boasts a new interface and a complete redesigned file format.
Microsoft has been known for its delays in its long history. If I'm not mistaken Vista has been delayed about 2 years and I can't imagine what the numbers are for Office 2007.
You can get the beta for Office 2007 here. Or you can test drive Office 2007 online via your web browser here. If you just can't take all these delays by Microsoft then you can try OpenOffice.org. Actually, they just released a new version, 2.0.3.