On August 15, however, there was mention of an Office 14 alpha release on one of the Microsoft blogs. That post, about PerformancePoint Server, mentioned the Office 14 (O14) alpha TAP (Technical Adoption Program) release. The monitoring and analytics component of PerformancePoint Server (Microsoft’s business-scorecarding server) will be part of the O14 TAP, the posting said. And the alpha process for that O14 TAP is slated for November/December 2008. From the post:
“The Alpha process will begin in the November/December timeframe this year. When you submit, please identify as a PPS M&A candidate. The deadline for submissions is August 28th.”
Microsoft opened up its Office 14 TAP nomination program in mid-May 2008. Here are excerpts from the note the Office team sent to Microsoft employees asking for potential tester names:
From: Office Customer Program Team
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2008
Subject: Office “14” Technology Adoption Program : nominations open!
The Office “14” TAP team is excited to announce that the Office “14” Technology Adoption Program (TAP) is now accepting nominations! Nominations will be accepted until 8/29/08 and can be found at http://tap/team/Office14TAP/O14Nominations/Forms/MyItems.aspx. This nomination form should only be completed and submitted by Microsoft FTEs (full-time employees).[…]