Office 14 to become Microsoft Office 2010

Office 14 to become Microsoft Office 2010

Summary: An email from an anonymous source within Microsoft's corporation network tipped me off to the new name of their Microsoft Office suite. With my previous articles on Office "14"The codename, "Office 14", which my colleague Mary-Jo Foley has covered extensively, skipped the "13" because Microsoft were supposedly suspicious and equally superstitious around the connotations associated with the number.

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An email from an anonymous source within Microsoft's corporation network tipped me off to the new name of their Microsoft Office suite. With my previous articles on Office "14"

The codename, "Office 14", which my colleague Mary-Jo Foley has covered extensively, skipped the "13" because Microsoft were supposedly suspicious and equally superstitious around the connotations associated with the number.

Although it's not much to go on, and no build numbers were included with the email, the following splash screen was attached of a "recent build", according to the Microsoft source.

Microsoft have often preempted their product dates with the following year to make the software seem more up to date. Windows 95, granted, was released in 1995 and so was Windows 98. Many of the Windows Server products followed with the aforementioned time plan, and it seems Microsoft may well be sticking with a late-2009 or early 2010 release.

A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment on the news.

Any news about the future of the Office system is big news for students, as we will be one of the major markets using the software. With Office web applications being added to the new version of Office, this will increase productivity and enable better things to come out of working on the web.

As mentioned in an earlier post, Semblio will be "available as part of the Office 14 suite", but sources tell me it may or may not be branded as an Office application.

Could this spell the end of Google Docs?

Topics: Software, Collaboration, Microsoft

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  • Nice splash screen. Were the red and green lines drawn with crayons?

    That's worth $500 for the off-the-shelf price...

    After finding out what was removed from Office 2007, and what wasn't cleaned up in the process, which might have allowed it to run more snappily on lower powered machines, I don't see any need to give Microsoft more hard earned money. :(

    I'm not convinced on Windows 7 either, unless they pulled an Apple and swapped out the bloat in favor of a *nix core.
    HypnoToad
    • Open Office works great

      This is a WOM or Waste of Money!
      Christian_<><
    • Pointless poster

      If you're going to whine about things removed or things lacking - how
      about giving concrete examples.
      Kaiwai
  • RE: Office 14 to become Microsoft Office 2010

    I don't know about others but I'm perfectly satisifed with Office 2003, I have used Office 2007 and the new ribbon and slowness as well as taking up more space on the screen due to the large icons, seems more harmful then helpful imo...i just hope Office 2010 allows the user to switch to 2003 tool bar format style instead of the ribbon and also more stable and faster...

    just my 2 cents
    phantomstar90234
    • add-ons

      also would like to add without using any third party add-on's...
      phantomstar90234
      • office labs...

        is from Microsoft. And they are add ons... for
        office...
        evilkillerwhale@...
  • Thats a fake and I can prove it

    As someone who has tested pre-release versions of Office since Office XP (code name Office 10), the nomenclature is usually not finalized until around BETA 2. Although its easy to guess a year.

    Microsoft used Office 10 until beta 2 when it was renamed Office XP. Prior to that, names such as Office 2001 and Office 2002 were being considered.

    Office 11 didn't get its final name Office 2003 until beta 2. Splash screens prior to beta 2, displayed Word 11, Excel 11 etc.

    The same applied to Office 12 which was renamed Office 2007 at beta 2.

    Other ways to prove this is fake, Microsoft never uses Technical previews in the branding anywhere on alpha software. Also, the splash screen in this post displays a "Starting" indicator - pointless. I have been using Word since version 6, and no time in history has Office applications needed any progress indicators. Word only uses about 8 MBs of RAM idle!

    Next, whats up with the Minimize and Close buttons on a splash screen? Even if you say its the About dialog, leaked Alpha Office 14 screenshots prove very different with a very radical About UI update.

    Last but not least.

    In the branding, Microsoft brands its Office apps:

    Microsoft Office [application name] version

    ie. Microsoft Office Word 2010
    Mr. Dee