Microsoft made available the latest versions of its flagship products concomitantly in 2006 and in 2007. November 2006, of course, marked the business launch of Office 2007 and Windows Vista, while January 2007 brought with it the consumer availability date for the Windows client and the productivity suite. In this regard, the Redmond company made sure to market Windows Vista and the Office 2007 System as a couple, emphasizing the inherent benefits of the two products' integration. But while Office 2007 and Windows Vista have virtually been joined at the hip, Darren Strange, the UK product manager for the 2007 Microsoft Office
system, felt the need to explain to end users that the operating system is not a requirement of the productivity suite.
"It is still worth pointing out to everyone that Office 2007 is designed to run on Windows XP SP2 and above," Strange explained. "You don't need to have Windows Vista to run it. From a spec perspective, in general if your PC can run Office 2003, you should find Office 2007 runs fine on it as well. I think most home users assume that they need to get Vista rather than just upgrading Office on their current Windows XP PC."
The fact that Office 2007 came with support for Windows XP SP2, as well as for Windows Vista, is nothing new. The Redmond company made this clear from the get-go. In fact, the general tendency has been for XP users to ignore Vista, but to upgrade to Office 2007, as the latest iteration of the Office System is perceived as more of an evolution compared to Office 2003, than the latest Windows operating system is to its own predecessor. But, one thing will of course set any worries at rest, as far as users of Office 2007 on XP SP2 are concerned. It seems that Office 2007 will also integrate seamlessly on top of the upcoming Windows XP Service Pack 3, which will follow Windows Vista Service Pack 1, released to manufacturing on February 4, 2008.
"It is also worth pointing out that Vista is extremely successful