A story on Forbes today from the Associated Press notes that Microsoft is delaying the launch of Mac Office 2008 until mid-January 2008, citing the need to fix a few remaining bugs in the application suite. “It really is just a quality issue across the board,” Craig Eisler, GM of Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit,” said in an interview Wednesday. The report notes that Eisler said Apple ‘s “decision to switch to Intel-based chips disrupted the software development process, as did Microsoft’s move to a new file format with the release of Office 2007 for Windows-based computers.” In a statement issued to MacMinute, Eisler says: “Our number one priority is to deliver quality software to our customers and partners, and in order to achieve this we are shifting availability of Office 2008 for Mac to mid-January of 2008. We’re successfully driving toward our internal goal to RTM in mid-December 2007, and believe our customers will be very pleased with the finished product.”