Office 14 slated for a 2009/2010 Release

The codename for the upcoming release of Office, currently slated for a 2009/2010 release timeframe, is Office "14." Yep, Microsoft is superstitious and doesn't believe in using the number 13. In December 2006, Eric Vigesaa, Program Manager for Office system client applications, stated during a TechNet radio chat: "13 is unlucky, so we're calling it Office 14." So how much exactly is Microsoft committing to spend on planning Office 14? Around $930 million per year in R&D funding, which equates to about 20% more than Office 12. A lot of the innovations that go into the Office System are long-term investments which build upon the foundation and functionality delivered in previous releases; in this case, Office 14 will initially take away and benefit from Office 12.

Microsoft hopes to focus on everything from the enterprise perspective to the individual viewpoint. The software giant is breaking down its "Investigation Areas" for Office 14 into the following categories:

  • Enterprise Content Management: Author, manage and organize complex documents and content
  • Communication and Collaboration: Keep communities, co-workers, partners and customers in sync
  • Business Process and Business Intelligence: Make the right information available throughout the business process
  • Individual Impact: Amplify the impact of your people
  • Office Business Platform and Manageability & Security: make it simple to build client and web-based business applications and make worldwide deployment reliable, secure and easily manageable
View: Timeline | Investigation Areas
News source: AeroXperience

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The next version's release will mimic the new coke/old coke scam. MS is going to return to the previous look and feel because of a lack of sales.

I hope they drop the ribbon bar for the next version. The ribbon bar is a UI nightmare. Millions of workers are going to see a major drop in productivity when they 'upgrade' to Office 2007.

They are superstition about naming it v13 :rolleyes:

Whatever... now that I think about it MathCAD 13.0 was a real flop of a product. 13.1 was usable though.

But look at the latest release, how comes they didn't find the ribbon in the previous 11 releases? Because they weren't looking...so the rule can be applied the same for their next version. Invest a lot into research, and you get a quality product.

That's nealy 1 billion dollors in R&D, what the hell they are trying to find that they havn't found in last 12 release.

The marketplace is constantly changing. Staying ahead of the competition is crucial and 1 billion is obviously a worthwhile price to pay to ensure that Office remains the key product in office buildings around the world.

drygnfyre said,
Office 13 will be the 2008 version for the Mac.

Office 2008 for Mac is version "12". I received a response on the MSDN Mac Mojo site, someone from the Team responded that they don't have any intention of skipping version numbers like the Office for Windows Team. So, in technical way, there will be a 13th version of Microsoft Office.

Yeah, I've heard the real reason for skipping the number 13 is that in some markets you can't sell a product with that number. For the US market it really wouldn't matter much. But some other places are far more superstitious.

Brandon Live said,
Yeah, I've heard the real reason for skipping the number 13 is that in some markets you can't sell a product with that number. For the US market it really wouldn't matter much. But some other places are far more superstitious.

Yeah, except that the build number never goes to the name of Office... Office 11 -> Office 2003; Office 12 -> Office 2007. So that's bull.

Leo Natan said,

Yeah, except that the build number never goes to the name of Office... Office 11 -> Office 2003; Office 12 -> Office 2007. So that's bull.

Right click on one of the Office product binaries and look at the version the binary is stamped with. Office 2003 binaries are stamped with 11.0.xxxx.xxxx. Office 2007 binaries are stamped with 12.0.xxxx.xxxx. Notice a correlation between the "codename" and the version number?

Hm... I am feeling little sad hearing about 14 version of Office. I am thinking about 20+, 30+, 40+ version of it already and I don't like that. I think I am going to use something else after ~10 years.

david13lt said,
Hm... I am feeling little sad hearing about 14 version of Office. I am thinking about 20+, 30+, 40+ version of it already and I don't like that. I think I am going to use something else after ~10 years.

Because of the name?

It already is in Outlook (in the message creation area, the task creation area, the event creation area). I don't think they are planning to use it throughout the rest of the UI though.

I don't think you'll have to wait for Office 14 for the ribbon to make its way into OneNote, Access, Publisher, etc.

At the Launch Event I went to on Tuesday the rep told me that they wanted to get the "4 core products" out the door (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook) with the ribbon, and now they are working on getting the ribbon into the rest of the Office suite (Access, Publisher, OneNote, etc).

He went on to say that these updates (with the ribbon being included) will be pushed down via Office Update as soon as they are ready (aka, you won't have to wait until Office 14).

xxdesmus said,
It already is in Outlook (in the message creation area, the task creation area, the event creation area). I don't think they are planning to use it throughout the rest of the UI though.

I don't think you'll have to wait for Office 14 for the ribbon to make its way into OneNote, Access, Publisher, etc.

At the Launch Event I went to on Tuesday the rep told me that they wanted to get the "4 core products" out the door (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook) with the ribbon, and now they are working on getting the ribbon into the rest of the Office suite (Access, Publisher, OneNote, etc).

He went on to say that these updates (with the ribbon being included) will be pushed down via Office Update as soon as they are ready (aka, you won't have to wait until Office 14).

Your rep can't be correct, its an engineering feat to bring the Ribbon to the core products that required years of research and testing. Sending that down through Windows Update or a Service Pack for Office '07 would be an entirely new product. The same applies for the rest of the modules, oh btw, Office Access 2007 already has Office Fluent (Ribbon). The reason why Publisher didn't get it was because they didn't get enough resources (money) to implement and testing that would have been required. But, Publisher 14 and some have said, the other modules will get it.

Apps that don't have Office Fluent:
1. InfoPath
2. SharePoint
3. Visio
4. Publisher
5. Groove (don't think its even needed)
6. Outlook (main window, not sure if its really needed either)
7. OneNote