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Rumour : Microsoft Gets Ready To Unleash Office 2009 Next Year

New hints have risen from the depths of the internet that point to a 2009 release date for the next Office 14 business suite on which Microsoft has been particularly coy when it comes to revealing more details.

Someone at Microsoft (apparently called Ludo) shared more details that s/he would normally be allowed to over a Podcasting feature in the forthcoming Microsoft Sharepoint application.

According to Mary Foley from ZDnet, an accompanying Question and Answers session mentions a SharePoint 2009 product - the Q&A has since been edited and any references to this forthcoming product.

Back in February 2007, a leaked presentation slide showed that Microsoft spent almost USD 1 billion annually on research and development for Office 2009, which is 20 percent more than for Office 207.

A limited Technological Preview of Office 2009 is said to be circulating amongst Microsoft testers and a community technology preview should follow by late 2008.

And bets are already on as to whether Microsoft would be adventurous enough to release Windows 7 and Office 2009 simultaneously.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.