The screenshots of the roadmap that Microsoft provided to its partners for the next version of its key product including Office 15, Internet Explorer 10 and Windows Phone have leaked to the Web.
Maarten Visser, CEO of Meetroo, one of the partners who've received the roadmap, recently posted screen shots from it and tweeted links to them.
For who want to know: I got the roadmap from the Microsoft Partner Network, where it can be downloaded without logon. bit.ly/I4rwUI-- Maarten Visser (@mvisser) April 6, 2012
The images posted below are from the document which was created back in December 2011 - and don't even mention the Consumer Preview of Windows 8, which Microsoft released on February 29. The roadmap specifies "Windows 8 information will be communicated via other channels." (In other words, what happens in Windows client is only shared by Windows client.)
There are a couple of key indicators from the documents including that Office 15 is depicted to land in early 2013 for general availability (previous speculation suggested November-ish timeframe).
"IE10 could be out by mid-year -- maybe around the time Microsoft delivers the Windows 8 Release Candidate. The bar symbol, according to the key for the roadmap, indicates "historical cadence."
Office 15 wave of products don't specify an RTM date. The release to manufacturing dates are marked by circles on the roadmaps. And, the general availability for these products is marked in early part of 2013.
Lync Server 15 is the one Office 15 product that is missing entirely from the roadmap.
And, Windows Phone has a key marker for later part of 2012 marked as "Future Investment". This could be the Tango Windows Phone update or the Apollo (Windows Phone 8) is not clear.
Silverlight roadmap shows Silverlight 5's December 2011 release to the Web.
Visual Studio 11 is shown as being released to manufacturing in the latter part of 2012, as expected.
The roadmap shows SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse as being released to manufacturing in the latter part of 2012. It also indicates an online transaction processing (OLTP) appliance from HP running SQL Server 2012 will be out around the same time -- the latter part of this year.
IIS: Around mid-year, Microsoft will release to manufacturing codename "Antares," which may be IIS 8.0, based on how the roadmap reads, is Microsoft's Web hosting framework for Azure and on-premises Windows Servers," informs ZDNet.