Reports are circulating, that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will take the public wraps off Microsoft's next version of Office suite and services, known as the "Office 15" on July 16.
The new product promises a host of new features, many of which are meant for use on touch-enabled devices, and will go hand in hand with the upcoming Windows 8 platform. On top of that, the report suggests that the new Office version might be released only with support for Windows 7 and Windows 8, and that older OS variants will be pushed aside from it.
While select testers have had their hands on private builds of Office 2013 for several months, there's been little concrete information on when and how Microsoft plans to make final versions available of Office 2013; the complementary Exchange, SharePoint and Lync servers; and Office 365, the Microsoft-hosted cloud version of these servers.
Office 15 is scheduled to be available early next year, bristling with hooks into Windows 8, the latest upgrade of Microsoft's operating system software, which will be generally available in October, according to several sources familiar with Microsoft's plans. They declined to speak on the record because they were not authorized to discuss details. Microsoft declined to comment.
With the "Consumer Preview" of Office 2013 rumored for late July, this report comes just in time revealing that Microsoft will be unveiling Office 2013 on Monday the 16th of July.
ZDNet's MJFoley, mentions about something called the "Office 365 Fully Packaged Product (FPP)," which was first-mentioned during a keynote address for small/mid-size business partners at the WPC.
"Office 365 FPP sounds like it will be a new way for Microsoft to push Office 365, its Google Apps competitor, at retail. From what I've heard from partners, this new FPP "card" would be very much like the Xbox Live Points cards that are sold by Amazon, Walmart, Sam's Club and other big retailers. FPP would be a pre-paid Office 365 offering and the first time Microsoft will attempt using the retail channel to push its cloud app suite," Foley adds.