With the new Office 2007 out on the market, the new talk and rumors will be about its successor. Technically, as far as codenames go, Office 13 would be next. Microsoft has decided to skip unlucky 13, and move right on to Office 14.Eric Vigessa, Program Manager for Office System applications says “well, 13 is unlucky, so we’re calling it 14.” Perhaps Microsoft is a bit superstitious?

Already, there is speculation regarding the timeline of when the first and second betas are scheduled.  According to the timeline that AeroXperience posted, the first beta would be scheduled for the 1st half of 2008, and the 2nd beta would be due out the 2nd half of 2008. A final release would be expected in 2009/2010. Remember, this is all speculation.

Microsoft has already responded to speculation over the next version of Windows, so I’m sure it won’t be long before they respond to the speculation over Office.  Essentially, their response to  Windows rumors was “No news yet, when there is, we’ll let you know.”

Often, it takes businesses a while before the make an upgrade with any software.  If by chance the speculated timeline is right, is it worth it for employers to upgrade now to Office 2007 when there would potentially be a new version in just a few years?

News and Image Source: AeroXperience