Microsoft to make an announcement at Noon PDT, Steve Ballmer is the presenter

Microsoft has issued a press alert that Steve Ballmer will be making an announcement later today. The event will happen at noon today PDT and we are expecting that they may be announcing Office 2013, if previous rumors are true.

You can find the information below about the call but the details are incredibly vague, even by Microsoft's standards: 

Just a few days ago, USA Today stated that on July 16th, Microsoft would release the Office 2013 beta, possibly called Consumer Preview. While we do not know for sure what Microsoft will be announcing, all of the information about the Office release appears to be lining up. Is this the reason for the call or does Microsoft have something else up its sleeve? 

Microsoft also recently split up from NBC and is moving away from MSNBC.com, this could be another possible reason for the call but to get the CEO involved for a small announcement such as that, seems a bit trivial to us. While the call could have something to do with Windows 8, we highly doubt this considering they announced last week the RTM would occur the first week of August and retail availability will be in October, not sure what else they could say on that front.

Whatever Microsoft is planning to announce, we will know in about five hours from now. Stick around, the fun is only getting started.

Source: Microsoft

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It would be a REALLY cool trend for them to start under promising, and over delivering. Keep the surprises coming please. I am way to accustomed to being disappointed. But that Surface announcement really sparked up my interest.

Seems a little sudden to be a product announcement. I'd think a product announcement would be something they'd want a lot of eyeballs on and would therefore provide a date in advance. Coming out on a Monday morning and saying we've got an announcement to make at noon Pacific Time sounds more like some kind of deal.

I think MSFT bought someone or is about to announce a major partnership. Or could be announcing RTM for Windows 8. Just my 2cents.

devHead said,
Office 2013 - Just 5 hours away. Of course, this is just my prediction.

But who really needs it? I mean I'm still on 2010 and everything runs just fine not a single bit of problems. The office and OS release frequencies are way too fast IMO.

sava700 said,
But who really needs it?

Maybe Microsoft will introduce a yet another new proprietary file type poorly supported by previous versions of Office forcing everyone to upgrade.

sava700 said,

But who really needs it? I mean I'm still on 2010 and everything runs just fine not a single bit of problems. The office and OS release frequencies are way too fast IMO.


Software updates aren't only a concept for fixing problems and bugs; one of the main reasons for software updates is new features (or improvements to existing features). Software can always be improved.

.Neo said,

Maybe Microsoft will introduce a yet another new proprietary file type poorly supported by previous versions of Office forcing everyone to upgrade.

They've moved away from doing that. They are now making it easier and simplier to use and removing features from view so to stop people from being distracted from their work.

New features will be metro like inspired:
# Gone are tool bars and ribbons, menus and anything else that you might find distracting and wanting to click on while editing your documents.
# All buttons are oversized incase you want to use it on a touchscreen device that don't yet exist. And not to confuse people when they upgrade to windows 8. All scroll wheel options now make the pages move left and right rather then up and down.
# When you want to make an edit to something, you'll be taken to a full screen menu system so not to distract away from what you were working on and you'll have a clear thought about what edit you want to make.
# So not to confuse the user, the full screen menus have been reduced to 2 edit options per screen and the rest is left bright white for esthetics.
# Access to menus has been hidden and you'll have to put the mouse in the center pixel of the screen while tapping space bar 3 times and holding Q T and P together.
# all files will be saved to the cloud to make them easier to access later on, people working in actual offices will have to login to webpages and share with everyone manually. Naturally they accidently share with someone outside the company and or everyone making internal documents accessible by everyone world wide.

I'm sure there are loads of other reason, but what ever happens its going to be a good release!

sava700 said,

But who really needs it? I mean I'm still on 2010 and everything runs just fine not a single bit of problems. The office and OS release frequencies are way too fast IMO.

I'm still on Office 2007 and I think it's time for a update, if anything the Office 2013 apps should perform better and be more optimized to work on Windows 8 tablets better as well. Plus a more polished ribbon interface and other nice integrations are a plus. Of course if I was on Office 2010 then maybe I would skip 2013 and wait for 2015 or whenever the next one comes.

sava700 said,

But who really needs it? I mean I'm still on 2010 and everything runs just fine not a single bit of problems. The office and OS release frequencies are way too fast IMO.

But who really needs Windows 8? I mean I'm still on Vista and everything runs just fine.........

There's a reason for new software. Code improves, gets faster, etc

Maybe they're being literal -- now that they've got out of their MSNBC.com partnership, they'll be doing a "News from Microsoft" daily program where Steve Ballmer shouts the daily headlines in video clips. That would be awesome.

...or it could just be Office 2013-related news.

Anthony Tosie said,
Maybe they're being literal -- now that they've got out of their MSNBC.com partnership, they'll be doing a "News from Microsoft" daily program where Steve Ballmer shouts the daily headlines in video clips. That would be awesome.

...or it could just be Office 2013-related news.

Haha that would be epic

Anthony Tosie said,
Maybe they're being literal -- now that they've got out of their MSNBC.com partnership, they'll be doing a "News from Microsoft" daily program where Steve Ballmer shouts the daily headlines in video clips. That would be awesome. [. . .]

After reading your comment, if it isn't this, I will now be sorely disappointed That would be awesome!

If Windows 8 is released to OEM on August, so it is possible.

rev23dev said,

WP8 is based on Windows 8. Windows 8 isn't final yet... it's not happening.

rev23dev said,

WP8 is based on Windows 8. Windows 8 isn't final yet... it's not happening.

Well maybe it will happen when Microsoft tells us they've gone final in the annoncement lol.

MDboyz said,
If Windows 8 is released to OEM on August, so it is possible.

They would have to finish devices, finish carrier testing, finish an SDK, all before August. It's seriously not possible. November is my guess.