Microsoft reveals metro-style Office 15, cloud integration

Microsoft is on a bit of a roll today, after revealing their Windows-on-ARM plans to the world, telling the public that each ARM device will come with a copy of office and showing off even more of Windows 8.

In a video attached to their ARM post today, the company casually slipped in some new builds of Office 15, finally showing off the interface.

Right now, there are only subtle differences to the interface compared with Office 2010. The ribbon is still there, albeit minimized, however large amounts of colorization has been changed and the application no longer has buttons on the top right to close it. This is probably restricted to just ARM right now. 

Notably, on the top right of the applications is a new "Sign in" button. From what we've heard, this is to do with Office 365 / Skydrive integration, and will allow users to sign in with a cloud account and save their documents online a lot easier than in previous versions of Office.

There's not much else to the screenshots right now, but it's great to see the company making progress. Windows 8 is due out on February 29, as a consumer preview that will be free to download. It's not clear if Office will be a part of that, but we'll find out more in just a few weeks.

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One touch I really like is the "status bar" or whatever it is called (Is the bar that limits the bottom of the program). It's from the same color as the program and it has a gradient touch like Zune.

Seems like to me from reading the source article, that Office will be the ONLY non-Windows-built-in desktop app allowed on Windows ARM devices.

In fact, WOA only supports running code that has been distributed through Windows Update along with the full spectrum of Windows Store applications. As we all know, security is an industry-wide, multi-dimensional challenge and no system or platform can make broad claims without considering many factors.

If you need to run existing x86/64 software, then you will be best served with Windows 8 on x86/64. If you're already considering a non-Windows device, then we think WOA will be an even better alternative when you consider the potential of form factors, peripherals, Windows Store apps (and developer platform), and Office applications as well as a broad set of intrinsic Windows capabilities.

News worthy?

~Johnny said,
Seems like to me from reading the source article, that Office will be the ONLY non-Windows-built-in desktop app allowed on Windows ARM devices.
News worthy?

The conclusion I would draw would be the one I read on another fan site which eluded to the fact that Desktop applicationss could run on ARM if they were (recompiled with ARM compiler) digitally signed so they could be distributed through the store and managed by Windows Update.

this is very interesting.
i hope they make the Aero UI like Office then. Its better. Sweet for ARM users. USB support and everything. Pretty neat stuff.

Also it's a good move for Microsoft to give away the full Metro Office with every ARM tablet. Sort of like the iLife suite on OS X coming for free.

I don't understand. Why if you're in the WinRT version of Office aren't you in full screen mode? I see the Windows superbar down there.

smoledman said,
I don't understand. Why if you're in the WinRT version of Office aren't you in full screen mode? I see the Windows superbar down there.

I hope there's still the option to auto-hide the Superbar. There's little reason to show it, plus it makes all apps "fullscreen"

smoledman said,
I don't understand. Why if you're in the WinRT version of Office aren't you in full screen mode? I see the Windows superbar down there.

It's not a WinRT app, it's a normal app. Probably because of all the existing legacy code, and for best performance. That's no bad thing though.

smoledman said,
I don't understand. Why if you're in the WinRT version of Office aren't you in full screen mode? I see the Windows superbar down there.

There are rumours that there will not be a WinRT version of Office, and that Microsoft will just release desktop apps of Office. I hope this isn't true, but it's looking likely.

Callum said,

There are rumours that there will not be a WinRT version of Office, and that Microsoft will just release desktop apps of Office. I hope this isn't true, but it's looking likely.

Well realistically, the XAML / C# model probably won't give them the performance they need for a good Office suite (unfortunately it seems to have borrowed from Silverlight codebase, rather than WPF - probably because the Silverlight's codebase was already architecturally portable - even more of shame considering how much better WPF's font rendering got with it's text stack update. The WinRT XAML text stack is still what some people would consider blurry ) , and writing it in either HTML & JS or C++ & Direct X would require a ridiculous amount of time. I can see why they're sticking with a desktop app for now, and that's not really a problem. Making it a Metro app won't inherently make it better in any way.

Edited by ~Johnny, Feb 9 2012, 10:21pm :

~Johnny said,
....

I think the free desktop 'Viewers' can easily be ported to WinRT, as they exist on the phone today.
I would expect ARM devices would come with those pre-installed.

smoledman said,
I don't understand. Why if you're in the WinRT version of Office aren't you in full screen mode? I see the Windows superbar down there.

That's because you're not in the WinRT version of Office. It's desktop app. Neowin are being idiots. We know that "Metro-style" has come to be defined as apps running in WinRT, and this Office is most definitely not a WinRT app. At the very best, you could say it uses a few Metro design priniciples, but not really.

Neowin needs to change the title, because I too thought they were saying a second reveal was made today with a WinRT Office.

This is why I urge everybody to read the b8 blog posts for yourselves and stop depending on Neowin to regurgitate it for you./

M V E said,
I prefer free, small and fast LibreOffice. Not this 3GB peace of art with all updates like 2010.

You can call LibreOffice small and free... but certainly not fast compared to Office 2010. On the free front though, I've always preferred Kingsoft Office over OpenOffice, probably because Kingsoft go out of their way to rip off MS office as much as possible

There is a close button. It's just that Microsoft decied to blank out the bar at the top (check the ratio of your screen shots). Hell just check the video and see that there is a black bar at the top for the office 15 shots.

The colouring of this design places focus on the interface rather than the document. Actually it places focus on the fully coloured screen-spanning status bar. It's a little bit concerning.

billyea said,
The colouring of this design places focus on the interface rather than the document. Actually it places focus on the fully coloured screen-spanning status bar. It's a little bit concerning.

It seemed to me as if the focus was all on the document; at times it didn't even appear as if the interface was visible. I found the colouring of the status bar to be subtle, but beautiful. I certainly didn't find myself focussing on the status bar.

I sure hope the ribbon isn't hidden by default, I could see all our users freaking out and jumping out the window due to that "change" *LOL*..... older users..

but leave it to the office team to be consistantly inconsistant...... every office version they dont match the windows UI and do their own thing..... why is the status bar the same color as the backstage button?... that just looks odd

neufuse said,
I sure hope the ribbon isn't hidden by default, I could see all our users freaking out and jumping out the window due to that "change" *LOL*..... older users..

but leave it to the office team to be consistantly inconsistant...... every office version they dont match the windows UI and do their own thing..... why is the status bar the same color as the backstage button?... that just looks odd

I think its hidden in the video, because its unfinished.

neufuse said,
I sure hope the ribbon isn't hidden by default, I could see all our users freaking out and jumping out the window due to that "change" *LOL*..... older users..

but leave it to the office team to be consistantly inconsistant...... every office version they dont match the windows UI and do their own thing..... why is the status bar the same color as the backstage button?... that just looks odd

If you are supporting 'users' you should have a custom deployment or set the policies, or even have a script if you aren't using the Windows centralized management features and are still doing things like it is 1990. Then you can flip the option to be whatever your company/group wants it to be.

You seriously don't go around to each user's computer to change settings, which was outdated even in the NT 4.0 days 16 years ago?

Jose_49 said,
Why do they have to hide the ribbon?!
Why wouldn't they want us to see it?
As the explorer, ribbon will be off by default maybe? Don't forget that for now ARM tablet have a little resolution, unlike current desktop.

Jose_49 said,
Why do they have to hide the ribbon?!
Why wouldn't they want us to see it?

I think it's because ARM devices will have a lower resolution to save vertical space, just a guess.

Jose_49 said,
Why do they have to hide the ribbon?!
Why wouldn't they want us to see it?

Because they don't want to leak features?

I just thought that they want to redesign icons as well, so let's see how it is done. I hope they don't metro-ize it too much like Win8, because it will look very bad with that UI. But if they metro-ize it like Zune, that would be awesome!

Jose_49 said,
Why do they have to hide the ribbon?!
Why wouldn't they want us to see it?

Hide, just means it only appears when you access it. Just like Office 2010.

If you are talking about the screenshots, who knows...