Microsoft is gearing up for a pretty busy year, with a number of major new software projects expected before the end of 2012. That includes Windows 8, Windows Server 8, Office 15 and more. Indeed, some more screenshots of Office 15 were leaked on the internet earlier today.
Now ZDNet reports that it has received some information from an unnamed source about the next version of Microsoft SharePoint, the company's web content management and technology software tool set. The article says that while internally the next version is known as SharePoint 15, the final version of the tools will likely get the title SharePoint 2013 when it is actually launched.
Some of the new features in the next SharePoint and SharePoint Online include allowing users to view their business intelligence content on Apple's iPad devices, in yet another sign that Microsoft is offering its software and services on non-Microsoft platforms.
The next SharePoint is also supposed to have some kind of Metro-style interface like Windows Phone and Windows 8. Tiles will show off more information when a user puts their mouse cursor over the tiles.
Also, Microsoft's Office Web Apps will no longer run from the SharePoint server farm in the new release but instead will be run from a new Office Web Apps Server system.
The next version of SharePoint is expected to launch at the same time as Office 15 and the next major version of Office 365, all of which should be available by the end of 2012, alongside the launch of Windows 8.