Microsoft Office 2010 (“Office 14”) is due to release for general public, and now Stephen has unearther details of next-generation of Office codenamed “Office 15” a.k.a. “Office 13” – “Additionally, residing on Microsoft’s download servers is a PDF document by a company named Basex who makes mention of Office 15. A similar reference from the following job profile of Microsoft employee Adam Callens courtesy of LinkedIn: “Directly engaged IT Pros to understand pain points and opinions of trending technology and drove their concerns directly into our planning pillars for Office 2013.” Microsoft employee Josh Leong’s LinkedIn profile provides a vague-yet-enticing user experience mention that “Microsoft’s going to simply refine the Ribbon UI as they did with Office 2010, or if they’re going to opt for something completely different.”
next version of Office, due in 2013. Key findings:
- Office 15 is without a doubt the codename for the next version of Office.
- 2013 appears to be the magic year Microsoft aims to release the next version of Office.
- Office Mobile 15 is at the very least a consideration alongside the planning of Office 15.
- Currently known to be planned for Office 15 inclusion are Outlook 15, Word 15, Access 15, SharePoint 15, and Excel 15.
- Office 15 will sport a new user interface. How drastic of a change it will be is yet to be determine.
- Excel 15 may include a “major new feature” completely new to the Office suite, courtesy of Office 15.
- Improving document coauthoring, a new tool in Office 2010, appears to be a primary focal point for Word 15.
- Target personas are being researched and defined for Office 15 focus.
- Office 15 should see an improved Automation Framework.