Microsoft Office 2013 beta now pushed back to later in July?

Last week rumors hit the Internet that Microsoft had completed the first public beta build of Office 2013 and that the public beta of the next version in Microsoft's popular productivity software suite should be released sometime this week. Now that same web site that first reported those rumors now claims that release time table has been delayed.

In a new story today, bouweenpc.nl claims, again via unnamed sources, that Microsoft found too many critical bugs in the latest Office 2013 beta build that have to be addressed. The site now reports that Microsoft won't release the beta until sometime later in July.

The story claims that when it is released, the beta will be officially called the Office 2013 Consumer Preview. If true, this would certainly be in line with what Microsoft has been doing lately with the labels of its Windows 8 pre-release versions.

One of the other reasons for the delay, according to the story, is that the previously rumored Office Marketplace for Office 2013 is not yet ready. This would be similar to the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Marketplace, where third party developers could offer free and paid add-on programs to Office 2013 programs.

This past weekend, some of the official logos for Microsoft Office 2013 found their way on the Internet. Also, it appears that Office 2013 will have support for PDF editing.

Source: bouweenpc.nl

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We don't need another version of Office !
Office 2007 is still a great version of Office.
This is nothing compelling enough in Office 2010 to upgrade.
Office 2013 is going to be Metro-fied, which is less than desirable.
They can hold this version off until 2015 for all I care.

netsendjoe said,
We don't need another version of Office !
Office 2007 is still a great version of Office.
This is nothing compelling enough in Office 2010 to upgrade.
Office 2013 is going to be Metro-fied, which is less than desirable.

They can hold this version off until 2015 for all I care.


The interface is receiving a Metro overhaul, yes. But there's much more to it. You have Resume Reading (which is like a bookmark), the fact that Word is now able to read PDFs, inline comments, Read Mode, Powerpoint having a widescreen aspect ratio by default. If you're coming from Office 2010, there might not be a reason to upgrade, but coming from Office 2007, I think it would be pretty much worth it. Plus, if it's priced the same way Windows 8 upgrades have been, I think it'll be pretty succesful.

Deviate_X said,

Its Beta, its supposed to have bugs.


Some bugs, but not certain bugs. It's very likely that the build wasn't good enough quality to be a beta product.

Deviate_X said,
Its Beta, its supposed to have bugs.

True, but if this is indeed going to be a Consumer Preview instead of a 'vanilla beta', they're going to want it running smoothly as the CP's are to generate interest in a new product.. critical bugs aren't a good way to do that.

Deviate_X said,

Its Beta, its supposed to have bugs.

No it isn't, betas are likely to have bugs. It isn't a requirement. ;-)