Office 12 Details Begin to Trickle Out: "'We will continue the trend of shipping a new version of Office every two to three years,' said Chris Capossela, the corporate VP in charge of Microsoft's information worker product management group. 'That kind of predictability is very important for our (Software Assurance) annuity customers.'
Microsoft released its Office System 2003 family of products in October 2003.
Microsoft officials decided earlier this year to develop Office 12 independently of Longhorn client and Longhorn Server, Microsoft's next Windows releases, due out in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Capossela said that Microsoft currently expects Office 12 products to run on Windows XP and Windows 2000 on the desktop, and Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2000 on the server. He said Microsoft is not yet sure which service packs it will require on these older releases in order to run Office 12."