Microsoft Office 15 gets reviewed, 20 pictures leak

What started out as a small leak for Office 15 has turned into a full blown review. Office 15 is the next version of the popular Office suite that many businesses and consumers use everyday.

Winreview.ru has gotten its hands on a copy of Office 15 and has taken a long look at what the platform has to offer so far. Despite being an early build, the reviewer states that it is rather impressive; the build number for this leak is 15.0.2703.1000. 

While there is not a drastic difference in appearance, there are small updates that the reviewer points out. Things such as dynamic interfaces, small updates to align more with the Metro stlye, and that it is being built on .NET Framework 4. The reviewer also likes the updates to Outlook and notes that there are new transitions in PowerPoint as well.

Finally the reviewer points out that the product is a good start but is far away from completion. There are still consistency gaps with application transitions and occasional crashes; all which you would expect to find in an early build such as this one.

You can read the entire review here, but it is written in Russian. 

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Zkal said,
By being built on .Net4 do they mean that all of Office is moving to .Net? Or just certain parts of it?

I would expect that only parts of it are being ported over. I would imagine that - for example - the word processing engine behind Word is nothing short of massive, so it would be easier to just reference it as an unmanaged library from within the .NET code.

Oh please, they just started - I doubt UI is exactly on the list of their development and integration priorities at the moment.

Breach said,
Oh please, they just started - I doubt UI is exactly on the list of their development and integration priorities at the moment.

+1
The first leak for office 2010 looked almost exactly like office 2007 lol. But in the end, they added backstage and heaps of other features.

Whilst I like Outlook I would never use it for personal email.
I used to use ThunderBird but ditched it since the GMail interface offers a lot more than any basic mail client can these days.

I'm just gonna put this out there: Office15 looks like its going to be a box of crap, unless this is the "Aerolite" theme to match what is allegedly coming with Windows 8. Sometimes I think that the UX team get bored and decide they're going to shake it up for a trademark inconsistent user experience.

I accept that the UI is probably going to get quite an overhaul by release, but these screenshots look simply awful.

Majesticmerc said,
I'm just gonna put this out there: Office15 looks like its going to be a box of crap, unless this is the "Aerolite" theme to match what is allegedly coming with Windows 8. Sometimes I think that the UX team get bored and decide they're going to shake it up for a trademark inconsistent user experience.

I accept that the UI is probably going to get quite an overhaul by release, but these screenshots look simply awful.

+1

Remember what Office 2007's pre-beta UI looked like. Compare it to what it eventually came out to be.

Things can (and hopefully will) change.

thenonhacker said,
Notice on the Outlook Main Window: Metro UI applied for "Mail Contacts Calendar"

I'd hardly count using the Segoe UI Light font (or an offshoot of it) as them using the "Metro Design Language" (not Metro UI).

The font still looks bad on a PC like this though with just the default font rendering. The letters don't line up and don't have consistent heights... same as in hte new Windows Live Messenger. They'd be better off using Segoe Black or something, with a much smaller font size.

im intrigued by image 8 - those 3 shades are classic old school Whistler (as in the build with the squares) - nice one - I've always liked that theme, and I've always maintained that Sharepoint 2010 was starting to look Whistler-ish

Denis W said,
Could that window style be what Windows 8's "aero lite" will look like?

No, it's just looks like Office 2010 with Windows 7 on Aero Basic.

Haven't seen a solid screenshot of Aero Lite yet...

thenonhacker said,

No, it's just looks like Office 2010 with Windows 7 on Aero Basic.

Haven't seen a solid screenshot of Aero Lite yet...

Do the windows of 2010 have that glow around them in aero basic? (office- blue, excel- green, etc.) That looks new to me, and may be where Win8 is going with things.

thenonhacker said,

No, it's just looks like Office 2010 with Windows 7 on Aero Basic.

Haven't seen a solid screenshot of Aero Lite yet...

There is no such thing as Aero Basic.

There is only Aero, Basic, and Classic.

Aero - DWM - 3D GPU acceleration and composition.
Basic - WinXP Skinning Style - slower and limited 2D acceleration.
Classic - No Skinning - Uses the base Win32 GDI drawing constructs.

Aero is the fastest and battery effcient with transparency off- especially on Win7.
(Which I am mentioning, because most people still don't realize this.)

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I agree that, these screenshots could very much be running on Win7 using Basic instead of Aero.

thenetavenger said,

There is no such thing as Aero Basic.

There is only Aero, Basic, and Classic.

Aero - DWM - 3D GPU acceleration and composition.
Basic - WinXP Skinning Style - slower and limited 2D acceleration.
Classic - No Skinning - Uses the base Win32 GDI drawing constructs.

Aero is the fastest and battery effcient with transparency off- especially on Win7.
(Which I am mentioning, because most people still don't realize this.)

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I agree that, these screenshots could very much be running on Win7 using Basic instead of Aero.

Basic, yeah that's the one I'm referring to. It has no transparency, and the Minimize/Maximize/Close buttons are inside the window border (as opposed to being with the window's edge).

Well I'm not sure what to think of the new UI, Its more conservative than previous versions. But doesnt have the "wow" factor. To be honest it looks like the UI jumped out of 1995.

I forgot Microsoft OneNote had tabs before Firefox.

At first i thought, why don't they include these improvements with updates to Office. Then i realized that they really shouldn't. Why should a person get non security or bug fixes.

Owen W said,

Just like 2007 -> 2010

Just like any version apart from 2003 -> 2007 (at least from a user interface point of view…)

MFH said,

Just like any version apart from 2003 -> 2007 (at least from a user interface point of view…)

2007 also introduced new formats for each office filetype

MASTER260 said,

You realize how early this build is, right?

I didn't say it in a negative sense. But it is progression, and so far I like the direction the next version of Office is traveling.

nub said,

2007 also introduced new formats for each office filetype


as did 2003 (Office XML) or any version before that "tampered" with the binary DOC-format… 2010 also introduced a new version of OOXML…

MFH said,

as did 2003 (Office XML) or any version before that "tampered" with the binary DOC-format… 2010 also introduced a new version of OOXML…

Office 2000 was when the first XML file format was introduced.
(OpenOffice likes for people to forget this, as they used the argument that OOXML was too new to consider in 2006.)

When Office 2000 created the XML file formats for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, it was kind of big news as it was the first time such a major product moved a binary document model to a web format. The Office 2000 XML format was designed with the idea of storing all the Office data, while still allowing the file to transparently display in any browser from any web server.

Many anti-Micrsoft trolls argued that Microsoft was trying to take over the internet by making Office documents as accessible as a generically created HTML page.

This whole time period was kind of crazy, as several years after Office 2000, the OpenDocument consortium was created with the sole purpose of making or integrating from existing technologies a XML based document format that could be a standard.

This consortium was doomed from the start as Sun was a major player in the group and had veto power, so any mentioning of Office or Office XML/HTML or OOXML would be instantly disregarded.

(Sun was still POed that Microsoft didn't ship 'Sun' Java in Windows XP, even though it was their own lawsuit that caused Microsoft to dump all Java and not give a crap about shipping Sun's code in Windows. So even with OpenDocument, Sun once again was set out to make an point and screw themselves and the world again.)

Microsoft ended up leaving the group because of this and the complete frustration their people had working in the group. (It made quite a bit of news at the time, probably can still find the articles onlines.)

Microsoft was also surprised, as they had a format they were willing to hand over as a basis for OpenDocument with no strings attached.

Instead Sun shoved the group to create the XML standard based on Sun's 'acquired' work.

It would have been kind of cool if OOXML and OpenDocument would have started out as with taking the Microsoft OOXML, and ripping out the MS specifics. Sadly, Sun prevented this from happening, and instead we have two formats, and OOXML has a massive number of features that OpenDocument will probably never mature enough to implement.


Anyway, Office 2000 is where the XML/HTML Office file format started, and it has been revised over the years from that point, leaving the proprietary binary format behind.

thenetavenger said,

Office 2000 was when the first XML file format was introduced.
(OpenOffice likes for people to forget this, as they used the argument that OOXML was too new to consider in 2006.)


Generally I agree with everything in your post but Office 2000 did not include the ability to generate or save XML files. This was introduced in Office XP/2002. Office 2000 did have the ability to save as HTML files though and this is probably what you are referring to.

I know because we are just now upgrading to Office 2010!