Two years in, only 15% have upgraded to Office 2003...

Microsoft is facing an uphill battle to push copies of Office 2003 on customers and its ISV partner ecosystem, ahead of next year's predicted launch of Office 12.

Office 2003 appears to be falling behind in targeted sales for this point in the product's lifecycle, according to Microsoft's own internal figures and guidelines. Just 15% of PCs are running Office 2003, two years into its life, with Office 12 - the next edition of Microsoft's ubiquitous suite - now on the horizon. However, Microsoft traditionally expects between 50% and two thirds of customers to be running the previous version of Office when the new copy ships. ...

Part of this demands a clear tools roadmap from Microsoft: currently partners have a range of environments and languages to build Office plug-ins and services, including Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Office System and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). While VBA is well established, its future is uncertain as the language is not a .NET product and uses the older COM architecture. What happens if, as an ISV, you back the wrong language?

Secondly, according to [Directions on Microsoft analyst Paul] DeGroot, there is a fundamental conflict at the heart of Microsoft's client strategy that has yet to be resolved. That dilemma comes down to, should ISVs use the thin client approach and build plug-ins and services using Microsoft's ASP.NET and IE or should they go fat client with VBA?
Guess calling your customers dinosaurs isn't turning out to be the best advertising campaign in MS history, huh.

Link: ChannelRegister: Window closing on Office 2003 > (Thanks, Ed)

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