Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

Summary: Microsoft is making available to select testers the technical preview of Office 15 client, server and services as of January 30.

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Microsoft is kicking off the technical preview for its Office 15 client, servers and cloud services today, January 30.

A beta of all of the same Office 15 deliverables will be available to the public in "late summer," according to a new post on the Ofice Exec blog.

Microsoft officials are not commenting on the features in any part of Office 15; on the planned release-to-manufacturing (RTM) or general availability date; or on whether the technical preview will include a version of Office that will work on Windows 8 on ARM. (I asked about all of these.) Update: Also, for those asking, we also have no idea on platform-support specifics -- such as whether this preview also encompasses the rumored Office for iPad; and whether it includes a separate non-touch-centric Office 15 update for those not using tablets/touch-enabled laptops.

I've heard from my contacts that Microsoft's goal is to RTM Office 15 by the end of calendar 2012. I've heard the Softies are wavering back and forth between calling Office 15 "Office 2012" and "Office 2013." (If the product RTMs very late in the year, they may opt for the 2013 name.)

With Office 2010, July 2009 was the date of the tech preview release. November 2009 was the public beta. February 2010 was the release candidate. Release to manufacturing was in April 2010, and general availability was June 2010.

Microsoft chose the participants for its Office 15 Technology Adoption Program (TAP) program earlier this month, at least according to one tweet I caught (and which the sender removed, though not before I had a chance to grab a screen shot of it).

Microsoft typically includes select partners and customers in its Office TAP program.

Update No. 2: This just showed up, on January 30, in the Microsoft Download Center (though it seems restricted to those in the TAP):

There have been relatively few leaks about Office 15 to date. One tidbit we've heard is that the client suite will likely include a new application that is codenamed "Moorea." Moorea sounds like the former Office Labs' Canvas for OneNote, which allowed testers to navigate and edit notebooks in a new way by providing a high-level canvas-view of all their content.

Topics: Microsoft, Collaboration, Software

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  • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

    I hope they have more color options in Word, Outlook, etc.
    Utah Stan
    • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

      @Utah Stan
      Office gives you a palette of 256 (Red) times 256 (Blue) times 256 (Green) = 16,777,216 colors, and you want more?
      easson
      • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

        @easson ... He means having more color choices for the UI themes.
        GoodThings2Life
  • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

    nice! i wonder if this version will be leaked like office 2010 technical preview.

    I like they say this: "I can tell you Office 15 is the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division. With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio. Quite simply, Office 15 will help people work, collaborate, and communicate smarter and faster than ever before"

    so i cant wait to see that! it sounds really good on words.
    Emi Cyberschreiber
    • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

      @Emi Cyberschreiber - funny quip - why would anyone buy Office 15? Office 2010 is 1,995 versions ahead!
      The Danger is Microsoft
      • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

        @The Danger is Microsoft

        Dude noone cares about your opinion for the simple fact your a Dumb ABM shill.
        Viper589
      • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

        @The Danger is Microsoft -

        Lame.

        Office 2010 is pretty spiffy...

        Now, if Microsoft can get Excel and Visio into the 20th century by letting each spreadsheet/file be open in its own window like how Word is, that will be the best thing that SP300 (I mean Office 15) could include...
        HypnoToad72
      • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

        @HypnoToad72: It's been that way in Excel forever. You open two files and two windows open.
        bradavon
  • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

    Office 2010 is the game leader and especially Outlook 2010.

    Until Microsoft release Office for Linux I'd never consider using it. Open Office and Libre Office are very outdated by comparison.

    Office 2010 is excellent. I wonder how they'll manage to make it even better. I'd love to see proper Facebook integration in Outlook.

    It's a Personal Information Manager but so much of my communication is now dealt with on Facebook. Messages are split between e-mails for family, business and newsletters etc... but friends is solely done via Facebook Timeline and Messages now. Virtually all my friends check Facebook daily but e-mail only every few days.

    Being able to seamlessly check my Facebook Messages from within Outlook and have access to Facebook Contacts would be incredibility useful. I stopped using the outdated webmail (Hotmail, Gmail) interfaces a long time ago but still have to go to Facebook.com to read my Facebook mail.
    bradavon
    • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

      @bradavon

      well there is Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook... i dont know if its exactly what you want but it integrates facebook in outlook.
      so if you didn't know about it you might check it out.
      Emi Cyberschreiber
      • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

        @Emi Cyberschreiber: Thanks. I've used that. It's rather crude and something of a mess. All it's able to bring in is status updates and activity updates for users who're also in your Outlook Address book.<br><br>What I'd really find useful is Facebook Messaging to work like e-mails do and Facebook Contacts to work inside the Address Book.

        I'm sure it's deliberate but if Facebook added support for IMAP it would be a start or created their own Facebook add-on (I'm surprised they haven't).
        bradavon
    • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

      @bradavon "but so much of my communication is now dealt with on Facebook." I feel sorry for anyone that is in the same boat.

      I guess people just dont care about privacy anymore. If they do add options for Facebook please let users turn it off.
      JeveSobs
      • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

        @JeveSobs Just what you want, no email and just bury yourself in goofy photos and equally goofy statements...the continued dumbing down of the US
        Bradish@...
      • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

        @JeveSobs: Check out Facebook's Privacy settings. You'll find they're very granular.

        You may not also realise but Facebook Messages are completely private. If you mean Facebook can read them, I imagine Google and Microsoft can read my Gmail and Hotmail e-mails if they're that interested.

        What would you want to turn off exactly? Just don't add the account to start with.

        p.s - You'll find Facebook Messenger rivals the likes of Gmail and Hotmail for popularity of online mail communication.
        bradavon
        • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

          @bradavon: Kinda pointless since Facebook tools and fiddles with the settings every other month.
          CaviarBlack
  • Great day to be alive....

    My rep delivered the DVD media this morning in the usual fashion. A motorcade pulled up outside of our building and my rep had the DVD media lowered from a helicopter. I then accepted the DVD with the sworn promise to deploy and deploy without prejudice. When one of our employees asked why we needed yet another version of Office products, I submitted a formal subordination complaint. Office 15 + Windows 8 = the ULTIMATE Computing experience. Anyone who questions this is not fit to work here and will be terminated.
    Mike Cox
    • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

      @Mike Cox you forgot to add in the need for Nokia Lumia phones, and Windows 8 tablets. That would be the ultimate nirvana. With that combination, you'll have the best of everything power, and mobility.
      Stephen-B
      • Nice to see all the reverse trolls gathered in one place

        It must be very frustrating to be an Apple fanboi like you (Rick_Kl) and Mike Cox that you feel the need to make up Microsoft fanboi accounts. If there were any real Microsoft fanbois out there, you wouldn't need to create the fake personas.

        So keep it up you two. The more you post, the more you prove that you need to post to fill the void.
        toddybottom_z
      • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

        @Stephen-B - you are getting better! +2 this time. I think that rounds you out to zero so far. Keep the good ones coming!
        The Danger is Microsoft
    • RE: Microsoft Office 15 technical preview kicks off

      @Mike Cox --- LOL
      sackbut