Microsoft offers brief tease of Modern UI Office, release due in 2014

If you are wondering if the launch of Windows 8.1 will also result in the release of Modern-style apps for Microsoft's popular Office software programs, you may have to wait a while longer. A new report now claims such apps won't be released until sometime in 2014.

ZDNet states that the Office apps, which have the code name "Gemini," were always planned for a 2014 release. However, previous rumors indicated that Modern UI apps for Word, PowerPoint and Excel might be launched as early as this October. It would appear that either those rumors were incorrect or Microsoft might have been over optimistic in its last time table.

At the moment, the only two Office apps that have Modern UI counterparts are the OneNote and Lync programs. During Microsoft's BUILD 2013 keynote address today, Windows leader Julie Larson-Green very briefly showed off what she called "a preview of an alpha" of a Modern style PowerPoint program, but aside from showing a few slide transitions she gave no other information about its features.

Source: ZDNet

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but aside from showing a few slide transitions she gave no other information about its features.

Looking at current Modern apps, that's probably half the feature set right there.

1) Will people please stop wanting to disable the desktop? Don't want to use it? Unpin the damn thing from your start screen and don't use it. For the rest of us who plan to use it for years to come it's fine just the way it is.

2) If you have such big problem with Modern apps and Office moving that direction then don't use it - go download LibreOffice or whatever other stale piece of technology makes you happy and call it a day. You obviously whine and complain more than you actually use Office.

Seriously, how do you people stand yourselves being such whiny little bitches? I would punch myself in the face if I whined and complained as much as some of the people around here. Grow some balls (or tits) and quit your whining!

Bingo. I don't like it, so I moved elsewhere. You, or others, are more than welcome. I like having a choice of the tools I use.

Gads, I've never seen so many who want to cram their computer choices down the throat of others. I don't like Win 8.x, or Office 2013, or... well, all of it. But I have NO desire to keep it off YOUR PC if you like it.

Whiners. UGH.

they have to alpha test (which is what it is in right now), then private beta, then public beta, then RTM, then full release. they are doing them every year better than every three years right?

Dot Matrix said,
Another nail in the desktop's coffin. A full Office suite on Metro would be a god send!

How so? I couldn't think of anything less appealing in an office suit for doing real work on.

If true, they just need a metro file explorer and a way to disable the desktop and I can see a lot of business moving to metro only for their machines.
Might be worth investing in some time to learn to create apps now, there might be a growing market for bespoke apps being created using the interface.

sagum said,
If true, they just need a metro file explorer and a way to disable the desktop and I can see a lot of business moving to metro only for their machines.

Most businesses dont want touchscreens nor plan to play temple run. Metro file explorer is just at 1% usability compared to desktop explorer which is today due to decades of development.

15year olds like you can definitely move over simple things. Don't drag businesses into it. Desktop explorer is here to stay atleast for next decade.