More Office 15 images leak after the Technical Preview gets updated

 

A few weeks back, we posted up some images of the Office 15 Technical Preview. Building on the TP, Paul Thurott has posted up more images of the upcoming productivity suite as the platform has been recently updated.

The update improves transition performance and refines the UI across to board but aside from that, not much else is stated other than the images posted below. We have posted some of the images but make sure to head over to Winsupersite.com for even more visual stimulation.

The Office 15 beta is slated to land in June, with robust cloud integration, agaves, and a Metro feel, Office 15 should be another blockbuster success for Microsoft. 

 

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The Office 15 beta is slated to land in June, with robust cloud integration, agaves, and a Metro feel, Office 15 should be another blockbuster success for Microsoft.

The new Windows 8 server will be called Server 2102!

on the topic,
i like that icon who's logged on the pc is great (on work places, but on home pc's not so much).

The first two shots look great, the third though... looks a mess. It isn't held by the avatar and smiley faces in the corner. Is this a serious application or Facebook?

I think it is one of three things (or could be all of them):
1) Ribbon. I've read the Metro design paradigm a few times and I've never managed to see how the ribbon "fits" with it. However, it is open to interpretation. (For the record, I like the ribbon, I'm just not sure it goes well with Metro.)
2) Metro. It looks great when presenting a limited amount of information, but I've had my doubts for sometime that it could work for complicated programs where every bit of space has to be used for buttons. As Metro is "chromeless" and relies on space for division this does throw up a massive problem that may well be evidenced here.
3) OneNote. Is the program that messy anyway? Never used it. Going by other Office programs I've used and the general layout of them, I'm guessing not.

On top of this Microsoft aren't exactly embracing the full "Metro experience".... doesn't say a lot for its capabilities or target audience. As I've said before, Windows 8's version of Metro seems useless for those who perform serious tasks and MS are going out of their way to prove it.

Fourjays said,
the avatar and smiley faces in the corner

The smiler face is the beta feedback mechanism. The avatar is, well, the user account. That's the normal way of representing accounts.

Fourjays said,
3) OneNote. Is the program that messy anyway?

Well OneNote is not the cleanest program. Matter of fact I doubt it can get any cleaner though as the idea was to mimic a notebook…

I'll just say it the way this appears:
So instead putting in the effort of making Microsoft Office 15 run within the company's own newly developed Metro environment, they're instead taking the easy route by leaving it run within the traditional desktop only with a Metro-ish look slapped on.

Microsoft is sending out a great message to other app developers: Don't bother with Metro, just let stuff continue to run on the desktop and let users switch countless times a day between both environments. It's fine!

.Neo said,
I'll just say it the way this appears:
So instead putting in the effort of making Microsoft Office 15 run within the company's own newly developed Metro environment, they're instead taking the easy route by leaving it run within the traditional desktop only with a Metro-ish look slapped on.

Microsoft is sending out a great message to other app developers: Don't bother with Metro, just let stuff continue to run on the desktop and let users switch countless times a day between both environments. It's fine!

Annoying indeed but....... still better than deal with Office apps that only open maximized, cannot be closed, no multiples windows (meaning more than two......) etc.

Fritzly said,
Annoying indeed but....... still better than deal with Office apps that only open maximized, cannot be closed, no multiples windows (meaning more than two......) etc.

You don't understand; that's what makes Metro so amazing. At least to some people here...

.Neo said,

You don't understand; that's what makes Metro so amazing. At least to some people here...

It's amazing for home casual tasks like getting mail etc. Things you do on a tablet.

For productivity apps it's defintely not something i personally want.

LaP said,

It's amazing for home casual tasks like getting mail etc. Things you do on a tablet.

For productivity apps it's defintely not something i personally want.


Metro is apparently so amazing, even for the desktop according to Microsoft, that the company can't even be bothered porting their Office suite to it.

It's just too amazing for Microsoft Office.

.Neo said,

Metro is apparently so amazing, even for the desktop according to Microsoft, that the company can't even be bothered porting their Office suite to it.

It's just too amazing for Microsoft Office.

It doesn't have the performance for Office, nor the support for the codebase.

A nice advance, and good to see metro icons with colors. This just makes me wonder the possible changes to Windows 8 for the next release

yuk! office 2010 is nice.. but this whole METRO look really does suck.... guess im not upgrading anytime soon.

The Metrofication of desktop programs in Windows 8 is going to look great! I really like how that buttons look in OneNote.

And can I say, I wish Paul Thurrott would upload some high-re screenshots.

I'm all for minimalistic styles and simple stuff, but this is really ridiculous. It feels like Windows 3.11. Is Microsoft going backwards lately?

Nexx295 said,
I'm all for minimalistic styles and simple stuff, but this is really ridiculous. It feels like Windows 3.11. Is Microsoft going backwards lately?

Windows 3.11? Have you ever used Win3.11?

Nexx295 said,
I'm all for minimalistic styles and simple stuff, but this is really ridiculous. It feels like Windows 3.11. Is Microsoft going backwards lately?

that was my favorite version of the UI. clean lines and all that. the Whistler UI was great too. i still think they should have stuck with Watercolor instead of ditching it for Luna.

MidnightDevil said,
Interesting screens. Looks a lot more cleaner.

I agree on the first two, but think the third looks messy.

"The Office 15 beta is slated to land in June, with robust cloud integration, agaves, and a Metro feel, Office 15 should be another blockbuster success for Microsoft. "

Something is NOT a blockbuster because it sells craploads being that it is REQUIRED to do any kind of business.

The Outlook Calendar screenshot looks like the MAC one, or at least it seems to me. Not sure because I do not have a MAC.........

I think that once people get a feel for metro they will enjoy, as a designer I can see the amazing potential it has, however some screenshots look very poor. I reckon once seen and used in real life I, and many other will love it

Looks interesting. Any idea what will be new to OneNote? 2007->2010 was worth it simply on the inclusion of the equation editor (and the ribbon to a smaller extent).

neufuse said,
ok please tell me anyone that remembers whistler alpha or blackcomb (cancelled windows version) thinks these look exactly like that old UI

quick example http://www.betaarchive.com/ima...oad/1316284838.or.13096.jpg


my thoughts exactly.!! that arrow looks very much like those betas from back in the day. and blackcomb was sort of 'cancelled'. for 'longhorn' they sort of scrapped it and renamed it vista afterwards. windows 7 was never known was blackcomb, not even vienna which is the codename they gave it after vista was released.

djdanster said,

FYI, whistler and blackcomb weren't cancelled. They were the codenames for Windows XP and Windows 7 respectively.

I really do not think so.........
After XP 8 (Whistler) MS was supposed to ship Longhorn and after Longhorn Blackcomb.
Initially Longhorn was supposed to be a minor upgrade and Blackcomb to be the big one; plans changed along the road and Longhorn became the big release........ that never came.

djdanster said,

FYI, whistler and blackcomb weren't cancelled. They were the codenames for Windows XP and Windows 7 respectively.

no, blackcomb was cancelled, whistler wasn't I didn't say it was

winlonghorn said,

You are correct! It would be difficult to walk if your hips were flat! ROFL

Let me rephrase that a bit! It would be difficult to walk if one's hips were flat.

Zain Adeel said,
the UI IS SLICK!!!
PLEASE BRING THIS TO EXPLORER!

It took 3 years for them to 'metroize' the ribbon in Office. I don't think its happening anytime before Windows 9 (if ever).

Zain Adeel said,
the UI IS SLICK!!!
PLEASE BRING THIS TO EXPLORER!

This is definitely not my idea of slick. Incomplete more comes into mind... I definitely quite prefer the current UI in Windows Explorer for Win8.

~Johnny said,

This is definitely not my idea of slick. Incomplete more comes into mind... I definitely quite prefer the current UI in Windows Explorer for Win8.


Each to their own opinion.