Microsoft Office 2013 beta rumored to be coming next week

Earlier this month, Microsoft showed a rare live public demo of the Windows RT version of Office 2013 at its TechEd conference in Orlando. Unlike Windows 8, which has now seen three pre-release versions available for the public to download and use, it has yet to offer any public pre-release versions of Office 2013 (it has released what it called a "Technical Preview" of Office 2013 to select developers and partners in January).

Today, the Dutch-based website bouweenpc.nl claims, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft has 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 next week.

So far, Microsoft has referred to Office 2013 under its code name of "Office 15" when discussing the software in public. Microsoft has revealed that it will include a version of Office 2013 on all Windows RT devices, including its own Microsoft Surface tablet. The regular Windows version of Office 2013 may not be released in its final form until the first quarter of 2013, a few months behind the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Thanks to T. Hochstenbach for the tip

Source: Bouweenpc.nl

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It's too bad they couldn't sync the RTM of this with 8. Would have been nice to pull down Win 8 + Office 2013 + Visual Studio 2012 all in the same day. It would be like a brand new PC

Jose_49 said,
I HATE CAP LOCKS... Other than that, is sweet!

BUT CAPS LOCK ARE PERFECTLY FINE WHEN BOSS IS STEVE BALLMER

briangw said,
I wonder if we'll see SharePoint 2013 preview at or shortly after?

Hope so. So far nobody I know has seen SP2013 and that doesn't give IT Pros & Devs long to get skilled.

spc1972 said,

Hope so. So far nobody I know has seen SP2013 and that doesn't give IT Pros & Devs long to get skilled.

I know two people who have heard of some things, but of course, they can't confirm nor deny. lol. I would like to see more of it in Vegas for the conference in November.

What's up with the ugly scroll bars? They would look horribly out of place in Windows 8. Why not just use the native OS scroll bars instead?

floopydoodle said,
What's up with the ugly scroll bars? They would look horribly out of place in Windows 8. Why not just use the native OS scroll bars instead?

Because it would be to easy. I hope it's just a screenshot from an old build

Terracotta said,

Because it would be to easy. I hope it's just a screenshot from an old build

Probably the case. Visual Studio 2012 updated theirs pretty late in the cycle. If I remember right, I don't even think it was part of the RC... I think we won't see the updated scroll bars until final.

However, the date on the screenshot is just from earlier this month. But who knows where it came from.

bartw78 said,
Anybody got any idea whether the Office Web Apps will be updated as well with the release of the Beta?

I think they are definitely improving it, and not just cosmetically. Since they are updating all their "Windows Live" stuff (pictures of the new hotmail were leaked a few weeks ago), why shouldn't they do the same with Skydrive?
I guess we will learn more once the beta is released.

NetBlaster said,
they are trying to change the whole Microsoft platform into MetroUI

It's the UI consistency that people have been begging for ages for.

rfirth said,

It's the UI consistency that people have been begging for ages for.


Shame that UI is only workable with touchscreens only.

King Mustard said,

Shame that UI is only workable with touchscreens only.

Horsefeathers.

In case you haven't noticed, there are plenty of folks that have keyboards and mice happily using Windows 8 - and without third-party Start menu add-ins, either.

Dot Matrix said,

My IQ dropped 20 points reading this...

You might not want to go on YouTube... or IGN... or pretty much any news site with a comments section.

KSib said,

You might not want to go on YouTube... or IGN... or pretty much any news site with a comments section.

Well, probably because those who actually like it don't need to post a "I love Metro" threads or comments. No complaint means no need to always comment. It's easier to post hate stuff than praises.

It will be interesting to see what they do with this.

Will Office 2013 RT be RTM'd before x86/x64, so that they can get it in the Windows RT RTM?
Put a pre-release Office on Windows RT and update it via Windows Update once it goes RTM?

Or maybe this will be a very, very short beta cycle and they'll RTM pretty quick and hold retail until 2013? That's not as likely.

rev23dev said,
It will be interesting to see what they do with this.
Or maybe this will be a very, very short beta cycle and they'll RTM pretty quick and hold retail until 2013? That's not as likely.

Not that unlikely. If the 2007 to 2010 leap was anything to go by, 2013 codebase is probably just cosmetic changes over 2010. I mean, I'll still get it because I like the bleeding edge, but I know that's basically what it is.

rev23dev said,
It will be interesting to see what they do with this.

Will Office 2013 RT be RTM'd before x86/x64, so that they can get it in the Windows RT RTM?
Put a pre-release Office on Windows RT and update it via Windows Update once it goes RTM?

Or maybe this will be a very, very short beta cycle and they'll RTM pretty quick and hold retail until 2013? That's not as likely.


When the Surface site was launched on microsoft.com, I remember it saying something along the lines of "Surface for Windows RT includes Office 2012 Home and Student Preview". It now just says "Surface for Windows RT includes Office 15 Apps". I suspect that the Editions are chaning but whether this means it hits RTM in time is open to question. I wouldn't be surprised if Surface for Windows RT launches with Preview versions of Word/Excel/Outlook/OneNote and that those will be updated automatically via the Windows Store when it hits General Availability.

spc1972 said,

When the Surface site was launched on microsoft.com, I remember it saying something along the lines of "Surface for Windows RT includes Office 2012 Home and Student Preview". It now just says "Surface for Windows RT includes Office 15 Apps". I suspect that the Editions are chaning but whether this means it hits RTM in time is open to question. I wouldn't be surprised if Surface for Windows RT launches with Preview versions of Word/Excel/Outlook/OneNote and that those will be updated automatically via the Windows Store when it hits General Availability.

They said Windows RT would be the first version of Windows to come with Office

spc1972 said,

I wouldn't be surprised if Surface for Windows RT launches with Preview versions of Word/Excel/Outlook/OneNote and that those will be updated automatically via the Windows Store when it hits General Availability.

Just as a side note: I'm farily certain Office 2013 RT doesn't contain Outlook.

rev23dev said,

Just as a side note: I'm farily certain Office 2013 RT doesn't contain Outlook.

Correct. It includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Onenote.

I'm not surprised. Steve Ballmer said in his memo to the company (10 days ago), after the reveal of Surface, that great news and momentum will be coming from the Microsoft Office division in the coming weeks.

warwagon said,

Why? What's wrong with office 2007?

I like being up to date , but office 2010 did not bring much so I waited a release.

I assume the end of life of office 2007 is close anyway.

Xerax said,

This is a build number, not a product release name.

It's not a build number, it's a year. As in next year.

PmRd said,

I think the version number would be 15

Correct, although they probably won't market it as Office 15. They might, though.