Microsoft Office 15 details and screenshots leak

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Only months after Microsoft Office 2010, also known as Office 14, was released to manufacturing and two months after it was generally available in stores, details and screenshots of Office 15, or Office 2014 have leak onto the web.

The pre-alpha builds posted by Softpedia via Wzor, a Russian website, show the first images of Office 15 and two new features that will be included when it launches in four years.

The first of the two features is the “Microsoft Limestone Test Application”, which appeared in beta builds of Office 2010 before it was released. Not much is known about this application or what it does exactly, but it has previously surfaced in test builds of Office before being removed.

Softpedia also reports that Microsoft is planning on integrating a KMS activator into office 15, making it easier for companies using volume licenses to activate their Office 2014 installations quickly.

Wzor said Microsoft Office 15 is slated for release in 2014, which would likely fit around the same time as the release of Windows 8, the codename for the next major release of Windows.

 

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I think it's safe to say that the UI isn't a priority for them at this point. Things like feature implementation and code testing are on top of their to-do list.

So WHY, did they put the FILE command back into Office, (THANK GOD), and leave it out of Live Essentials????? As a support professional, I can't tell you how annoying it is to tell the average MO-RON to please click on the "thingy" that looks like "something" in the upper right corner, AND I wish theyd put the damn word START on the button while they are at it.

jimmyfal said,
So WHY, did they put the FILE command back into Office, (THANK GOD), and leave it out of Live Essentials????? As a support professional, I can't tell you how annoying it is to tell the average MO-RON to please click on the "thingy" that looks like "something" in the upper right corner, AND I wish theyd put the damn word START on the button while they are at it.

They "left it out" of Live Essentials because they use the Windows Ribbon there so they can justify cutting off XP support. In Office, well they use the Office Ribbon which is different.

jimmyfal said,
So WHY, did they put the FILE command back into Office, (THANK GOD), and leave it out of Live Essentials????? As a support professional, I can't tell you how annoying it is to tell the average MO-RON to please click on the "thingy" that looks like "something" in the upper right corner, AND I wish theyd put the damn word START on the button while they are at it.

In Windows Live Essentials, the Scenic Ribbon is used. The Scenic Ribbon is based upon the Ribbon that debuted in Office 2007, which also did not have the word 'File'.

As well, I bet you can find something that will add the word 'Start' back to the Start button. However, since the Windows logo has been present on the Start button along with the word 'Start' from the beginning, people should be able to catch that a round button-looking thingy with a Windows logo (in the same exact corner) is most likely a Start button.

tuxplorer said,

They "left it out" of Live Essentials because they use the Windows Ribbon there so they can justify cutting off XP support. In Office, well they use the Office Ribbon which is different.

I'd say the use of DirectWrite was a bigger factor over the Ribbon.

rm20010 said,

I'd say the use of DirectWrite was a bigger factor over the Ribbon.

Where did you get the idea Wave 4 used DirectWrite? Maybe you're confusing it with IE9?

jimmyfal said,
So WHY, did they put the FILE command back into Office, (THANK GOD)

REASON: Technical Support calls for Office 2007 were difficult. "Click on the Office Orb, then Print." "What is the Office Orb?"

In Office 2010, it's easier now. "Click File, then Print."

Isn't it a bit early to be expecting screenshots? There are 3 or 4 years before it comes, and a lot can change during this period?

FMH said,
Isn't it a bit early to be expecting screenshots? There are 3 or 4 years before it comes, and a lot can change during this period?

Yeah, when I read the title, I thought to myself: "Already? This is really early!"

And since Neowin is saying 2014 for RTM, that gives Microsoft a lot of time to change whatever they want.

Faisal Islam said,
i wish i would see Ribbon 2 interface!

You mean Ribbon 3? There already is a Ribbon and a Scenic Ribbon.

Panda X said,
So...all we get is 2 screens and a number 15? I could use my imagination and create the same thing in my mind.

Have you seen the Windows 8 leaked build? The only visual difference is the build number. Get a grip.

LiquidSolstice said,

Have you seen the Windows 8 leaked build? The only visual difference is the build number. Get a grip.

No I haven't. Get a grip on what?

Panda X said,

No I haven't. Get a grip on what?


Then you obviously do not know how screenshots of leaked software are.

can I please enjoy 2010 first? Office isn't cheap, I would like my 300 bucks or whatever it is to last atleast 5 years without being out-dated.

bguy_1986 said,
can I please enjoy 2010 first? Office isn't cheap, I would like my 300 bucks or whatever it is to last atleast 5 years without being out-dated.

Not possible, the same is with windows 7. ROFL, is up to you if you decide to upgrade or not. Remember, Windows Vista is still alive and breathing, you could stay still with Vista for 5 years since it's release, plus, there are even people who work in MS Office 2003 still.

bguy_1986 said,
can I please enjoy 2010 first? Office isn't cheap, I would like my 300 bucks or whatever it is to last atleast 5 years without being out-dated.

This is coming out in 2014, not a problem, you have plenty of time to save your pennies.

bguy_1986 said,
can I please enjoy 2010 first? Office isn't cheap, I would like my 300 bucks or whatever it is to last atleast 5 years without being out-dated.

No one is forcing you to upgrade. According to the Microsoft Lifecycle website, Office 2010 will be supported until 10/13/2020.

You have over 10 years. $30 per year. Obviously, Microsoft would love it if you upgraded every time, but ultimately the choice is yours.

bguy_1986 said,
can I please enjoy 2010 first? Office isn't cheap, I would like my 300 bucks or whatever it is to last atleast 5 years without being out-dated.

You only feel that way because you want the best all the time, and you'd like technology to stall for a little while so you can enjoy your investment.
This is not how the software industry works.

billyea said,

You only feel that way because you want the best all the time, and you'd like technology to stall for a little while so you can enjoy your investment.
This is not how the software industry works.

+1

bguy_1986 said,
can I please enjoy 2010 first? Office isn't cheap, I would like my 300 bucks or whatever it is to last atleast 5 years without being out-dated.

Well I won my Office 2010 after they gave to active Tech Preview testers like me!

A little bit offtopic too, but is there any place too make suggestion fpr the next office?
There are this answer.microsoft forums, but is this the best place for suggestions?

Lastwebpage said,
A little bit offtopic too, but is there any place too make suggestion fpr the next office?
There are this answer.microsoft forums, but is this the best place for suggestions?

I remember Microsoft had a survey people could take that asked them about Office and stuff, but that was for Office 2007. It doesn't work now.

But yeah, I'd like to know too.

MrPink said,
Fake as they're using the pre-RTM, non-polished, small icons for the help options menu.

It's entirely possible the code was forked for Office 15 before they added in the finishing touches to Office 2010.

Looks like Office 2010 to me. Even the start-menu entries say 2010. Fake.

I'm more concerned about Windows 8. M$, what are you still in kindergarten? Screw the numbers and lets get some metaphorical names going.

Skulltrail said,
Looks like Office 2010 to me. Even the start-menu entries say 2010. Fake.

I'm more concerned about Windows 8. M$, what are you still in kindergarten? Screw the numbers and lets get some metaphorical names going.

It's only a starting build. Go look at OS builds. They don't usually change with the big changes like that till a while in. Like early windows 8 builds will still how as 7.

Skulltrail said,
Looks like Office 2010 to me. Even the start-menu entries say 2010. Fake.

I'm more concerned about Windows 8. M$, what are you still in kindergarten? Screw the numbers and lets get some metaphorical names going.

Windows 8 is just the code-name after 7. So we can keep track, it will likely get a proper name upon release.

Skulltrail said,
Looks like Office 2010 to me. Even the start-menu entries say 2010. Fake.

I'm more concerned about Windows 8. M$, what are you still in kindergarten? Screw the numbers and lets get some metaphorical names going.

funny, someone using $ instead of S complaining about immaturity. Oh the irony

Skulltrail said,
Looks like Office 2010 to me. Even the start-menu entries say 2010. Fake.

I'm more concerned about Windows 8. M$, what are you still in kindergarten? Screw the numbers and lets get some metaphorical names going.

Really? An alpha leak of a product thats only a few months into development should have a completely brand new UI? Were you like born yesterday or are you just slow?

As for the naming scheme, it sounds professional. Windows 8 sounds better than Windows Leaping Hyena

/- Razorfold said,
As for the naming scheme, it sounds professional. Windows 8 sounds better than Windows Leaping Hyena

+2 ROFLMAO

Skulltrail said,
Looks like Office 2010 to me. Even the start-menu entries say 2010. Fake.

I'm more concerned about Windows 8. M$, what are you still in kindergarten? Screw the numbers and lets get some metaphorical names going.

If it was a fake don't you think whoever did it would have changed the names? The fact that it says Office 2010 and he called attention to that makes it seem real.

Off topic, but does anyone know what that little green battery status program is running in the taskbar of those screenshots?

LynxMukka said,
Screenshots are fake.

WZOR has never faked anything, and they've released like 318 screenshots. Or maybe 442. But my point remains: 0 proven fakes! Their lack of fakes is as consistent as the amount of comments on stuff being fake. So let's stop blabbering and guessing to look cool, wise, knowledgable by telling stuff is fake and have a beer because it's Friday!

Northgrove said,

WZOR has never faked anything, and they've released like 318 screenshots. Or maybe 442. But my point remains: 0 proven fakes! Their lack of fakes is as consistent as the amount of comments on stuff being fake. So let's stop blabbering and guessing to look cool, wise, knowledgable by telling stuff is fake and have a beer because it's Friday!

Yeah, and I remember when they posted the Windows 7 Post Build... Those guys are No. 1 in doing this kind of things.

Wow, starting 2014 work in 2010. Bit far ahead. I was hoping for Office 2012. And it likely would be released a year/2 years after Windows 8 (8 is likely to be released 2012,early 2013). And have Windows 8 integration.

But why can't we see more leaks of 8 news which is sooner, not stuff we won't fully see until 2014.

2013 will most likely be the actual release year, not 2014 but the products will likely be called 2014. Think of Office 2007, the name of the product is usually the next year. If I recall correctly I was running the RTM bits in 2006. It depends on what quarter they get released in. I'd expect beta's to go out early 2013 and RTM around October/November 2013 but have a 2014 title. (this is my speculation drawn from past experience).

Hackersoft MS MVP said,
2013 will most likely be the actual release year, not 2014 but the products will likely be called 2014. Think of Office 2007, the name of the product is usually the next year. If I recall correctly I was running the RTM bits in 2006. It depends on what quarter they get released in. I'd expect beta's to go out early 2013 and RTM around October/November 2013 but have a 2014 title. (this is my speculation drawn from past experience).

Yeah, that's exactly what happened with Office 2007. It was RTM late 2006. Usually, once stuff in the more later parts of the year are made (cars, software, whatever), they take the next year instead.

What kind of bs post is this? I mean, no serious industry journalist thinks Windows 8 will be released in 2014. By most accounts, we will get a glimpse sometime in 2011. I have no inside information but I am willing to bet that Office Web Apps will get a major update prior to Office 15.

JohnCz said,
What kind of bs post is this? I mean, no serious industry journalist thinks Windows 8 will be released in 2014. By most accounts, we will get a glimpse sometime in 2011. I have no inside information but I am willing to bet that Office Web Apps will get a major update prior to Office 15.

During the release of Windows 7, Microsoft officials said they were moving to a shorter development cycle of ~3-4 years. Vista was a huge mistake they don't want to repeat. It wasn't even intended to take 5 years to develop, but much because they had to reboot the project at one point. Windows Vista actually only got ~3 years of uninterrupted development time, I think a similar timeframe as Windows 7.

OK, it's Friday! Now let's have a beer!

KMS activation? It already exists in 2010, as it's how I activate our copies at work
The only reason you may think it's new is because as far I know, it doesn't appear in the consumer versions, is home and student

dtomilson said,
Because looks have everything to do with an Office / Productivity suite... Noob.

I think he essentially meant (sarcastically), 'who would have thought that something in development for a few months would look exactly the same as the previous version? Surprise!'

Ayepecks said,

I think he essentially meant (sarcastically), 'who would have thought that something in development for a few months would look exactly the same as the previous version? Surprise!'

Oh wow someone actually caught the sarcasm. Amazing. I suppose the "who would have guessed" wasn't a big enough clue. Maybe I should start using the <sarcasm> tags from now on

/- Razorfold said,

Oh wow someone actually caught the sarcasm. Amazing. I suppose the "who would have guessed" wasn't a big enough clue. Maybe I should start using the <sarcasm> tags from now on


It seemed fairly obvious to me I guess sometimes it can be hard to read sarcasm in text at times, I suppose.

dtomilson said,
Because looks have everything to do with an Office / Productivity suite... Noob.

I last heard "noob" in a frosty night in december 1997, I think.

/- Razorfold said,

Oh wow someone actually caught the sarcasm. Amazing. I suppose the "who would have guessed" wasn't a big enough clue. Maybe I should start using the <sarcasm> tags from now on

What do you expect from someone that uses "noob" unironically.

/- Razorfold said,
Oh! it looks almost exactly the same, who would have guessed!

how else than "exactly the same" would it look by now?
Office will have a heavy interface revamp for next version so i'm eagerly awaiting for those screens!

/- Razorfold said,
Oh! it looks almost exactly the same, who would have guessed!

dood, its a pre-alpha build. nobody expects mountain crushing, cpu melting features at this point..

tooshpz said,

dood, its a pre-alpha build. nobody expects mountain crushing, cpu melting features at this point..

How on earth did you miss the sarcasm in my post? I mean seriously, it's ridiculously obvious LOL.

/- Razorfold said,
Oh! it looks almost exactly the same, who would have guessed!

I think the WZOR logo was a cool touch! Nice to see Microsoft giving some recognition to the warez groups who've helped them bring MS Office to the masses!!

+1 Microsoft, would buy again!

/- Razorfold said,

How on earth did you miss the sarcasm in my post? I mean seriously, it's ridiculously obvious LOL.

Most of us caught it. There are just some slower members here at Neowin.

/- Razorfold said,

How on earth did you miss the sarcasm in my post? I mean seriously, it's ridiculously obvious LOL.

It's ridiculously obvious that without the benefit of tone and inflection of voice, picking out things such as sarcasm can be difficult. Given the amount of sickening fanboys here, it's no wonder people thought you were being serious.

/- Razorfold said,
Oh! it looks almost exactly the same, who would have guessed!

It's sad because you could say the same thing after YEARS of development on the next version of OpenOffice.org.