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I touched on this in a previous post of mine but I wanted to make it more front and center. Along with it, I wanted to post a picture of the document from which I obtained this little tidbit. There are some other things to try to discern from it but I’m sure the answers will all come in due time. I know it really doesn’t matter to some people if it’s Office System 2009 or Office System 2090 and if you happen to be one of those people, no one cares that you don’t care, so nix the “I don’t care” remarks, mmmkay? lol.

Anyway, here is a screenshot from a July 2008 Microsoft software product roadmap I obtained (click for full-sized image):

I have no idea what those other 4 are that are ambiguously labeled but what intrigued me was the 12/31/2009 “Primary Milestone Date”. More than likely, they’re just placeholders but 2009 being listed as the “Primary Milestone Date” for the row with “Microsoft Office System 2009″ on it leads me to believe that Office 14 RTM could indeed see the light of day in 2009 instead of 2010. We already know Microsoft is a year behind their initial schedule with Office System but maybe it’s all supposed to fit together with the release of Windows 7 and VS 2010; who knows? Anyway, I just wanted to pass this little tidbit along. What are your thoughts?



  1. This would seem to match my pointless version calling I pointed out in this blog post: http://www.aeroxp.org/2008/08/...../#more-194

    I may actually use this to make a follow up post (yes, 5 months later) about version naming.

  2. I’m sure you realize that NDA means “Non Disclosure Agreement”. So you are breaking the MSFT confidentiality agreement by showing that line in the screen shot.

  3. @ Anonymous: Yes, I do understand what NDA means and if I had been one to sign an NDA in regards to this content, you wouldn’t be seeing it on my website. Now, if you want to go make the people whose wide-open web server I found this on aware of that fact, by all means, be my guest. =)


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