MS Office 15 gets technical preview, public beta due this summer

By on January 30, 2012, 6:30 PM

The next version of Microsoft Office has reached a new development milestone, allowing a handful of privileged individuals to sample the pre-release software. The technical preview is currently limited to a "select group of customers under non-disclosure agreements" -- in other words, folks who can keep their traps shut about new features while providing Microsoft with valuable feedback. As such, you shouldn't expect a full rundown on the revamped suite until later this year, though some leaks are possible.

Penned by PJ Hough, CVP of Development, Microsoft's announcement also lacks substantive details, saying only that Office 15 "is the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division."

The post also notes that this will mark the first simultaneous update for Microsoft's cloud services, servers as well as mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project and Visio. "Quite simply, Office 15 will help people work, collaborate, and communicate smarter and faster than ever before."

One way or another, you can expect more information about Office 15 (presumably launching as "Office 2013") as we approach the public beta's launch this summer.

Considering the emphasis on cross-platform synchronicity and mobile-friendly interfaces, we wouldn't be surprised to see some form of Metro-like UI in the next Office. We also assume that the latest productivity suite will launch alongside Windows 8, which is expected to enter public beta in February and launch in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Getting kind of bloated. Unless you pay for Office 365 or run your own multi-thousand dollar Windows Server with lots of licenses then half of it is useless. And I bet the recommended install options include everything pre-selected.

Guest said:

why people bother to buy ms office is beyond me just downloaded open office for free

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:


Most of the tools included in Office Suite, are targeted at corporate sector, especially the ones for collaboration, beside, there are other version of Office are available for users who don't require all that extra functionality. For home users, who casually type letters / assignments one can always try out one of those free alternatives.

Guest said:

but open office is sh**. at least it was back in 2009.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I agree, but IMHO it is true for power users.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

I f#$% HATE Open/Libre Office. It's so flippen buggy and unintuitive to use.

Guest said:

I'm a small business owner. I've always been an open source proponent. I have a copy of Office 2010 that I was able to get from my graduate school for next-to-nothing. I compared it to LibreOffice in terms of compatibility between files, consistency of data shown, etc. The end result, much to my dismay, was that Office is a better solution for business-to-business. There were many areas where Word documents would show up really messed up on the other end (be it Word or Writer). The difference between Presentation and PowerPoint was also quite vast. LibreOffice has a ways to go before it gets to where Office is in terms of business usability.

I keep LibreOffice up-to-date on my computer and use it every once in a while to test documents.

Outlook really irritates me though, I still keep Thunderbird installed when I'm not working with HTML.

Guest said:

Does MS Excel 15 know how to properly save a CSV into UTF-8 enconding or should I wait for the 16 ? XD

AmpFeare said:

hmmm i wonder when these previews will end up on torrent sites like windows 8 did

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

hmmm i wonder when these previews will end up on torrent sites like windows 8 did

I was wondering the same. But the article implies they are 'trustworty' people, lol.

Then again, when they appear, only those brave and outside of US jurisdiction will dl. The rest of the people of the US will have to wait a day or so until they appear on their private trackers.

Guest said:

Guest wrote: "why people bother to buy ms office is beyond me just downloaded open office for free".

If Impress was even remotely as good as PowerPoint, then Open/LibreOffice might have a chance. But for me it's not, so case closed.

peperonikiller peperonikiller said:

Working for an IT place with hundreds of clients, I'd say about 90% of them still use Office 2007 or lower.

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