Microsoft Office 14 will be "generally available" in 2010, according to a Microsoft spokesperson.
She declined to discuss other details about Office 14, the follow-up to Office 2007. Her comment followed Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's statement to Wall Street analysts earlier this morning that Office 14 would not ship this year.
In a 'Strategic Update Meeting' webcast to financial analysts, Ballmer also said Microsoft Office continues to hold about 90 percent of the productivity software market worldwide, with a near-equal split between licensed and pirated users (see slide 10 of PowerPoint presentation).
The free OpenOffice is used by between 5 percent and 10 percent of users, according to Microsoft. Google Apps and other office software held even slimmer shares.
Microsoft has long claimed that Office is used by about 500 million users worldwide.
Microsoft is investing heavily in Office, spending $7.6bn, according to another slide. Ballmer mentioned that Microsoft is preparing new versions of SharePoint, Exchange and Office Live, all business products that are closely related to the core Office software.
Microsoft may ship a new related product called Office for Sales 14, according to ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley. It would be a server-based CRM application based on SharePoint Server that would allow companies to store customer information in the Outlook e-mail client and maintain and create sales data repositories in SharePoint.