Darren Strange, blogging on the MSDN network, points to this Google "Help Wanted" ad and notes one job requirement states the applicant must have "(p)roven mastery of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook."
The implication seems clear - if they have "interest and experience in using technology to improve work efficiency" they'll need to be Microsoft Office experts.
(His post is titled, "Google don't use their own stuff - so why should you?")
Of course, Microsoft is also hiring people who can help it leverage growth in the Apple Macintosh business.
Bonus detail: It has come to Microsoft's attention that some people don't want to migrate to Vista right now. But, says Eric Ligman, Microsoft's senior manager of small business community engagement, that doesn't have to stop anyone from migrating to Office 2007:
If you look at the Microsoft Office 2007 system requirements, you will see that the required Operating Systems state: "Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack (SP) 2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, or later operating system" So, yes, your clients running Windows XP can take advantage of Office 2007 today.
Thank you and have a wonderful day . .
Make that a wonderful, if not confusing, day.