Microsoft Office 2012 (version 15) M2 builds now being compiled

While Windows 8 may be getting all of the attention lately with its milestone builds, another blockbuster product for Microsoft has just passed into the milestone 2 marker. Microsoft Office 2012 (the 15th version) is now up to build number 15.0.2621.1000.

The information comes courtesy of Winreview.ru and besides the build number, little else is known at this time. According to the source, roughly translated from Russian, “development of Office 15, known as Office 2012, smoothly and quietly proceeded to step M2. First assembly after Milestone 1 was Office 15 (2012) 15.0.2621.1000”.

Microsoft Office has become the staple product for productivity. While others have tried to nudge into Microsoft’s territory, few have been able to make a dent in the marketplace. One of Microsoft’s largest competitors is OpenOffice.org, despite being free, has yet to attract the attention of more than a handful of companies and government organizations. 

Office 2010 has been selling at a record pace for Microsoft and has experienced double digit growth in its first full quarter on the market. It’s clear that Office is still the de facto product on the market and you can bet that Microsoft will not let its product go stale anytime soon.

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This is really bull****. We don't need Windows/Office/VS/etc releases so often. The releases should be kept 3 years apart atleast. Look at the IT Pros, they are continuously spending their time/money/energy in keeping themselves updated to support these products. It is a never ending cycle for them.

Didn't you know?

It's all the rage these days to release a new super duper version of something straight after you have released the latest edition. I mean, look at Chrome, what is it... version 11 these days? Android with version 3, iPhone with version 4 - I guess the other iPhones muct have been trash if they re-wrote it and re-released it only a year after or whatever right? :lazyeyes:

Except with cars. Those are usually every 3/4 years.

this is getting ridiculous, they will find that companies will not shift, regardless if they get a free upgrade via SA. We were 2 years after 2007 launch before we migrated, they haven't even released SP1 for 2010 to fix the more glaring issues/bloat. Don't get me started on VS/.Net.

they need to make the software glitch free when inserting pictures. i've had word crash on me several times during my last project

This is kind of crappy. These SOB's at Microsoft just barely release 2010 and already have plans for a 2012 version.

Interesting. I wonder if MS will try to "stick it" to Office 2010 users who may want to upgrade. They sure "stuck it" to 2007 users who may have wanted to upgrade to 2010. Twice in a row??

Question: is it wrong that I use OpenOffice all of the time now after having been a loyal (and rabid) MS Office user since you had to install it off of 30 floppy disks?

Soulsiphon said,
Question: is it wrong that I use OpenOffice all of the time now after having been a loyal (and rabid) MS Office user since you had to install it off of 30 floppy disks?

Well if it works better for you, then no.

Theres no point in brand loyalty if it gets you nowhere.

This is getting ridiculous. Corporations are not going to be happy about another office edition. The company I work for just upgraded to Office 2010 and to Windows 7.

Scorbing said,
This is getting ridiculous. Corporations are not going to be happy about another office edition. The company I work for just upgraded to Office 2010 and to Windows 7.

Office 2007 and 2010 are not THAT different anyway. 2010 is better of course, but there is no need to actually "upgrade". Companies will get the new one when the time comes to get new licenses.

Sh't Time is flying for me now. It's like today I were to test win8 office 2012, and win9 and office 2017 tomorrow...

Well if they're getting this close to a new version I'll pass on 2010 entirely and grab a copy of 2012 when it's out.

Chasethebase said,
Well if they're getting this close to a new version I'll pass on 2010 entirely and grab a copy of 2012 when it's out.

It's probably still going to be a good year before the release comes around.

Chasethebase said,
Well if they're getting this close to a new version I'll pass on 2010 entirely and grab a copy of 2012 when it's out.
I'd still upgrade to 2010 now if you can. Hardware acceleration alone is worth it to me.

Chasethebase said,
Well if they're getting this close to a new version I'll pass on 2010 entirely and grab a copy of 2012 when it's out.

Same here.

I paid for Office 2007 and I like to get my money's worth out of it - as yet, I haven't.
Same goes for Windows 8, if Windows 9 is planned in the two years after Win8 release, I'll be happy to wait. Unless Amazon do another £50 deal, then I may be swayed.

Bhav said,
wtf...why are they releasing another version of office only 2 years after the latest one

Why not? Office is out roughly every 2 - 3 years.

Bhav said,
wtf...why are they releasing another version of office only 2 years after the latest one

Because they want to minimize fragmentation. If they wait too long between releases, people will get stuck to old versions because of compatibility issues. Think of the XP -> Vista fiasco. There wasn't really much wrong with Vista, it was the major changes that caused its rocky launch.

I hardly thing they'll release this year, probaly in 2012 since they don't want a product name Office 2013.

Neo003 said,
I hardly thing they'll release this year, probaly in 2012 since they don't want a product name Office 2013.
I would agree, and I imagine that they want to wait until Windows 8 is released, as I expect Office will somehow integrate with the new UI elements being rumored in Windows 8.

I honestly cannot think of a single feature I'd need adding to 2010. But I'm sure they'll make a new theme for Office and ask £300 for it

dancedar said,
I honestly cannot think of a single feature I'd need adding to 2010. But I'm sure they'll make a new theme for Office and ask £300 for it

I have a bunch of bugs to correct in 2010 that they have from 2007.

And Access definitely needs colors in its SQL code, as well as a monospace font and tabulations allowed. Right now, writing SQL in Access is a pain in the ass and has always been.

Project and Visio both need a major overhaul. Look at what they are able to achieve on the Mac (OmniPlan and OmniGraffle especially) and you won't want to look back at Office. It's a few simple features that make all the difference.

Powerpoint still has awful transitions and lacks a few important features from Keynote.

I had high expectations for Office 2010 and Microsoft met none of them, it was a simple upgrade over 2007. I'm porting these high expectations onto Office 2012 now...

PyX said,
SQL in Access is a pain in the ass and has always been.
Access is, in my opinion, the worst of all Office applications.

I wish they would gut it and stuff PostgreSQL under the hood, or anything faster, more standards compliant, and more robust. It's just miserable going from any database to Access.

dancedar said,
I honestly cannot think of a single feature I'd need adding to 2010. But I'm sure they'll make a new theme for Office and ask £300 for it
i hope they fix the ragged hierarchy bug in Excel 2010, or at least be able to change the connection string MDX compatibility mode to AS cubes..

come on MS!

pickypg said,
Access is, in my opinion, the worst of all Office applications.

True, true, true. I made a project last semester in Access and I stopped counting the bugs I encountered through the development. It wasn't Access 2010, it was 2007, but I know they remained, because I'm in 2010 now. Some of these bugs are critical and made me lose countless hours of work.

Access has an unbelievable potential, but we have to take a step back before opening this thing because it involves too many problems. I'm glad they fixed one of these by rolling out an Access Runtime Application and that field masks (for phone numbers for instance) don't necessarily save all the information with the mask included in it in the database.

dancedar said,
I honestly cannot think of a single feature I'd need adding to 2010. But I'm sure they'll make a new theme for Office and ask £300 for it

Actually, I don't think you're that far off, any bug fixes and new features they do add aside I expect since 2k12 will probably release along with Win8 that they're hard at work on a more touch/figner friendly update to the ribbon to have office ready for Win8 tablets.

dancedar said,
I honestly cannot think of a single feature I'd need adding to 2010. But I'm sure they'll make a new theme for Office and ask £300 for it

printing/saving animations in powerpoint frame by frame

make the pivottable in excel case insensitive

...

dancedar said,
I honestly cannot think of a single feature I'd need adding to 2010. But I'm sure they'll make a new theme for Office and ask £300 for it

Performance. Word starts to become a complete dog even when scrolling around pages with simple tables and pictures and shapes.

Even the scrolling algorithm is dodgy - you move the scroll bars but it doesn't actually scroll until you release them - probably due to how slow all the drawing techniques in Office are. They just need to rewrite their entire drawing / content rendering engine, it's probably still running largely on the same principles it did 15 years ago - and there's a lot of great technologies Microsoft could use to improve the performance of Office incredibly.

dancedar said,
I honestly cannot think of a single feature I'd need adding to 2010. But I'm sure they'll make a new theme for Office and ask £300 for it

The inability to group objects in Word 2010 is highly annoying, if you have a collection of shapes and images, etc and try to select them you are simply unable to group them.

Curious what the new version will contain.

jelli said,

The inability to group objects in Word 2010 is highly annoying, if you have a collection of shapes and images, etc and try to select them you are simply unable to group them.
Curious what the new version will contain.

What the hell are you on about? No problems here grouping things!

Majesticmerc said,

So this is how it happens. Microsoft Office 2012: Clippy's revenge


... RUN!

Only it's twins this time!