Microsoft already beginning to plan Office 15

Microsoft's upcoming, and long awaited, update to its popular Office software suite has yet to be released, though that hasn't stopped the company from planning ahead. Office 2010 is scheduled to be available sometime next year, but the Redmond company has said it's already planning Office 15.

The hints to Office 15 come from an entry on the Access Team Blog, relating to Access 15 and SQL Server. As Greg Lindhorst, guest writer on the blog, posted, "As Office 2010 nears shipping, we are starting to plan Office 15. One area that we are considering improving is our SQL Server support. Based on what I've heard from the community, that would be most welcome. Note that we are very early in planning, and considering many possible areas of investment, I unfortunately can't commit to any actual improvements at this time." Not much so far, but it shows how far a company (Microsoft, in this case) plans ahead on such an important piece of software, such as Office.

Office 2010 is still in beta, publicly available, in preparation for the release next year. What would you like to see in Office 15 that didn't quite make it into the 2010 version?

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HOLY CRAP!

You're saying Microsoft plans on releasing NEW software?

Next thing you know, they will probably want to charge money for it to. Like they are running some sort of software company or something.

I bet you Apple is already planning on releasing NEW COMPUTERS too.

MADNESS!

Not surprising that they are working on it but weird they'd admit it when Office 2010 has even RTM'd. That's unusual.

Not to offend Mr Symons, but I agree with Ace. Does this really deserve to be on the front page? It's hardly shocking that Microsoft plans ahead in regards to their line of Office software, and the information so far is not exactly very informative anyway (apart from the possible improvement in SQL server support). Would this not have been better suited to a new forum thread?

Yep, the news would be "After Successful Launch of Windows 8 and Office 2014, Microsoft closes shop, says 'We just don't know what to do next.'"

We got kids toys where the human mind can move a ball around a track, so I can't see why we won't be able to send brain waves to our computer so that we can write documents with our mind, among other tasks.

What about social media tools? like a feature that allow you to publish any type of documents and even powerpoint presentations to the most popular social media sites.