Microsoft roadmap shows IE10, Windows Phone and more

We love roadmaps for many reasons and the latest document from the Microsoft camp is encouraging but reveals very little at the end of the day. The leak was posted to Twitter by @mvisser, who is the CEO of Meetroo and was spotted by Mary-Jo Foley.

The images are posted below, but let’s be honest, there is not much in the way of hard details to get excited about. The document was created back in December of 2011 and does not even mention the Consumer Preview in February, which as we all know was a major milestone for Windows 8.

There are a couple of key indicators that we can take away from the documents including that Office 15 is depicted to land in early 2013 for general availability (previous speculation suggested November-ish timeframe) and IE10 looks to be aligned for a middle of the year release (June?).

Additionally, Windows Phone has a key marker for late in 2012, titled “Future Investment”. It is unclear if this is the Windows Phone 8 release many have been hoping for, or if this will be Tango.

Take a look at the roadmap, see anything that excites you? We know it is a bit vague, but hey, at this point, it’s better than nothing, right? 

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Looking forward to WP8 to get full bluetooth profiles allowing Bluetooth peripherals such as Heart Rate Monitors. Would like an update to Windows Phone now. How can you spend a billion dollars and not get full bluetooth implemented? smh. The company you love to hate.

Office 15 will be more "simplified" and "streamlined". All versions will probably have the functionality of 2010 Starter edition.

xpclient said,
Office 15 will be more "simplified" and "streamlined". All versions will probably have the functionality of 2010 Starter edition.
How wonderfully irrelevant to the news story, nor based in fact.

Kirkburn said,
How wonderfully irrelevant to the news story, nor based in fact.

Lighten up. If you take it seriously, it means you know the "simplifying" problem exists for power users.

meh, just give me a release candidate of IE10 for Win 7 already, i want to have a play but don't want to have to install windows 8 preview!

The way Microsoft is now, if you want to use IE10 or any new program, you need to upgrade to the newest OS. The OLD Microsoft released it's software for all of it's OS's, IE5 on Windows 3.1 anybody?.

What kind of roadmap leaves almost all of the next year blank? An old one. And calling Windows Phone 7.5 "v Next" makes me believe that it's over a year old (Mango was announced in May 2011).

dagamer34 said,
What kind of roadmap leaves almost all of the next year blank? An old one. And calling Windows Phone 7.5 "v Next" makes me believe that it's over a year old (Mango was announced in May 2011).

And it doesn't even mention the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Dot Matrix said,
Is this saying IE10 will be available ahead of Windows 8?

IE8 RTM Was available before Windows 7 was released, even thought Windows 7 shipped with IE8. With Win7 RC, IE was finalized.

That's the most useless roadmap and worst post title I have ever seen. You missed BREAKING tag.

And how is this leaked if you can download it from Microsoft's web site without registration?

BREAKING: Microsoft's Windows Consumer Preview Build Leaked, download from microsoft.com/windows8
Source: press.microsoft.com

Edited by FoxieFoxie, Apr 12 2012, 1:24pm :

The fact that it can be freely downloaded does not mean it isn't a 'leak', or is intentionally freely available.

Besides, Mary-Jo Foley is the one describing it as a leak.

Kirkburn said,
Besides, Mary-Jo Foley is the one describing it as a leak.

Oh, excuse me then, when I read articles, I expect them to be written, not rewritten,

FoxieFoxie said,

Oh, excuse me then, when I read articles, I expect them to be written, not rewritten,

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What about the first part of what I said? The second part what just to point out that Neowin didn't 'introduce' the word to the news story.

1st, seems old.
2nd, it's pretty obvious that the release candidate of Windows 8 will coincide with Office 15 "x" Preview.

butilikethecookie said,
I'm looking forward to office 15

Me too, I hate having to leave the Metro Interface to use Office 14 on my slate right now.

Xerax said,

Me too, I hate having to leave the Metro Interface to use Office 14 on my slate right now.

Office 15 apparently won't be a suite of Metro apps; they'll all just be Desktop apps, from what we know so far. I wouldn't expect them to not make a tablet-friendly version of Office, but I'm just pointing out what we know so far. WinRT versions of the Office apps haven't been confirmed or even rumoured.

Callum said,

Office 15 apparently won't be a suite of Metro apps; they'll all just be Desktop apps, from what we know so far. I wouldn't expect them to not make a tablet-friendly version of Office, but I'm just pointing out what we know so far. WinRT versions of the Office apps haven't been confirmed or even rumoured.

Metro IS more tablet/touch-friendly, though.

chAos972 said,
Metro IS more tablet/touch-friendly, though.

Yes, but Xerax said he hates currently having to leave the Metro interface to use Office apps, so I informed him that it's looking like he will still have to leave the Metro experience when Office 15 is released. Office 15 will include the Metro design philosophy, but so far. all we know of are Desktop Office apps rather than WinRT ones.

chAos972 said,
Metro IS more tablet/touch-friendly, though.

If you can show some mockups of how you'd convert the ribbon and it's 10k features per app to metro I'd be really interested in seeing it.

Also, I don't know if anyone has spent much time touching the desktop in Win8 CP, but I can say for one it's much more touch friendly than Win7.

They've gone out of their way to fix the 'fat finger problem' without scaling the UI. That to me is magic!

Callum said,

Office 15 apparently won't be a suite of Metro apps; they'll all just be Desktop apps, from what we know so far. I wouldn't expect them to not make a tablet-friendly version of Office, but I'm just pointing out what we know so far. WinRT versions of the Office apps haven't been confirmed or even rumoured.

Yet Microsoft is pushing Metro as the default interface across the board, but arguably their most important set of apps won't run inside it. Gotta love that...

.Neo said,

Yet Microsoft is pushing Metro as the default interface across the board, but arguably their most important set of apps won't run inside it. Gotta love that...

That's part of the reason I believe I'll be switching to a Mac, at least until the Metro experience has matured to my liking (Windows 9? Windows 10? Never?). I won't be happy using Windows while I have to switch between two completely different interfaces regularly.