The June 12 Microsoft TechEd keynote was billed as being all about Windows 8 for business. But the only bit of new information shared during the hour-and-a-half presentation was a quick glimpse of branding for the next version of Office, codenamed "Office 15."
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During a demonstration on stage of Windows on ARM, Director of Program Management Linda Averett showed a quick glimpse of what Excel will look like on a Windows on ARM tablet. The software was identified as a preview of "Office 2013 RT" (with the "RT" representing Windows RT, the final name of Windows on ARM).
(A screen capture of the app showing the name was captured by Rafael Rlivera of WithinWindows.com and is used above with his permission.)
Antoine Leblond, Corporate Vice President, Windows Web Services, who was the lead keynote speaker, showed off some prototype business apps for Windows 8 during the keynote. (Among them was the New Belgium Brewing CRM app developed by Sonoma Partners about which I blogged earlier this year.)
Microsoft officials seem to have decided that the majority of the TechEd audience had never seen or read about Windows 8 before today, as the keynote was very elementary, in terms of the demos and information provided. Microsoft has offered external testers a chance to download and use versions of Windows 8 since September 2011.