Office 15 Build 15.0.2703.1000 images leak

Microsoft Office is a staple product for the company. The platform is used by millions around the world and new images of upcoming Office 15 have leaked out from build 15.0.2703.1000. While the images do not show many major changes, there are small updates that are noticeable in this early build.

The images come from Windows8italia and they have highlighted some of the several updates that are included in the new images. For starters, you can see the updated Metro styling in the ribbon across the top including the new min, max, and close buttons. The remaining feature updates are provided below and have been translated from Italian:

Excel

  •     There is a tool for filtering data in a storm. In this version does not seem to work, but probably will see a time line with which to select   the records to display.
  •     New dialog box for entering the charts.
  •     Import data via Atom feed.
  •     New features: Converting Roman numerals to Arabic numerals, convert numbers from / to an arbitrary basis, bit-wise operations, advanced trigonometric functions, Gauss, Gamma, Phi, Xor.


Word

  •     Insert video and audio online.
  •     Broadcast of documents on the web, such as PowerPoint.
  •     Animations that make the selection of the text and the scrolling smoother.

Visio

  •     Sketch effect for diagrams.

The updates are subtle at this point but it is not expected that Office 15 will be a major overhaul. As Microsoft continues to move forward with the platform, new features will be built into the current platform.

The image above shows off Microsoft Limestone, this application is used to test all UI elements in alpha versions of Office. Limestone will not ship with the final product. The platform is expected to be released during 2012 but at this point, nothing has been confirmed.

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Ok I know that is not completely definitive, but that rounded tag and the bevel&emboss gradient look very bad to me, is like looking back at a ~2000 website

Is this a major upgrade? I use Office 2003. Like most users I rarely use most of the features. I tried 2007 and 2010, and found nothing redeeming to warrant paying for an upgrade to them.

So Microsoft basically decided filling 1/4 of the window with everything instead of keeping more screen space by using SIMPLE drop down menus?. Bad UI design is what that is, keep up the 'good' work Microsoft.

Don't know why you guys continue to eat their crap. Yes this is my opinion.

Judging by how many elements are in the ribbon, that window looks to be rather smallish in size, nowhere near a "normal" desktop resolution.. looking at PowerPoint 2010, it's a hair over 800x600. Even Word 95 will be hard pressed for space at low res. Besides, all that crap can be collapsed, even the ribbon can (more or less) act like a drop-down menu.

Edited by Jen Smith, May 16 2011, 9:33pm :

Mike Frett said,
So Microsoft basically decided filling 1/4 of the window with everything instead of keeping more screen space by using SIMPLE drop down menus?. Bad UI design is what that is, keep up the 'good' work Microsoft.

Don't know why you guys continue to eat their crap. Yes this is my opinion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWdd6_ZxX8c

Do we really need another new version of Office so soon? I can understand a new Windows every 2 or 3 years, but Office shouldn't be evolving as quickly as the Windows platform. While I know the ribbon interface has been enhanced with 2010, I don't see anything else compelling since its addition. Maybe Microsoft should consider adding new features along side the service packs instead of whole new versions.

netsendjoe said,
Do we really need another new version of Office so soon? I can understand a new Windows every 2 or 3 years, but Office shouldn't be evolving as quickly as the Windows platform. While I know the ribbon interface has been enhanced with 2010, I don't see anything else compelling since its addition. Maybe Microsoft should consider adding new features along side the service packs instead of whole new versions.

Maybe you should just not buy it and continue to use your current version of Office? It won't lose any features and will remain supported.

I'm using 2010 right now and have no intentions in getting 2015 unless someone gives me a copy of it. I'm not wasting money on something that just seems to be polishing looks of what 2010 already is. Hell I was happy with 2007 but only upgraded to 2010 cause it was givin to me.

sava700 said,
I'm using 2010 right now and have no intentions in getting 2015 unless someone gives me a copy of it. I'm not wasting money on something that just seems to be polishing looks of what 2010 already is. Hell I was happy with 2007 but only upgraded to 2010 cause it was givin to me.

Cool story, bro. I don't think Microsoft aims to have everybody purchase every version of Office they release.

kazgor there are no metro shots,its just shows the rewamped ribbon. take off the heroin from ur arm. but u can find some Metro inspired elements in outlook 15, etc. but the main ui elements in the office 15 will still metroless.

The applications UI in the second image is taking most the the area.
How are you supposed to work? Scroll & zoom in or out every 2 seconds?
Stupid.

mr.r9 said,
The applications UI in the second image is taking most the the area.
How are you supposed to work? Scroll & zoom in or out every 2 seconds?
Stupid.

Read the article before making stupid comments.

mr.r9 said,
The applications UI in the second image is taking most the the area.
How are you supposed to work? Scroll & zoom in or out every 2 seconds?
Stupid.

It's not the final version. If you know shortcuts, (I believe every regular Office user does or should), the new version should clean up nicely when released.

mr.r9 said,
The applications UI in the second image is taking most the the area.
How are you supposed to work? Scroll & zoom in or out every 2 seconds?
Stupid.

I'm with you man ! I think they should also remove the windows8italia.com text in the middle of the UI, it doesn't blend well with the other elements.

mr.r9 said,
The applications UI in the second image is taking most the the area.
How are you supposed to work? Scroll & zoom in or out every 2 seconds?
Stupid.

are you really familiar with computer?

DrunkenBeard said,

I'm with you man ! I think they should also remove the windows8italia.com text in the middle of the UI, it doesn't blend well with the other elements.

the420kid said,
2007 was a huge update - 2010 and Office 15 both seem more cosmetic. (although i use 2010 and am very content with it)

I would say there is an equal mix of cosmetic changes + new feature additions that make 2010 the best office suite ever

Metro sucks big time and i dont really understand people love for it... and before people ask, my feet are firmly in the MS camp.. i just hate Metro.!

kazgor said,
Metro sucks big time and i dont really understand people love for it... and before people ask, my feet are firmly in the MS camp.. i just hate Metro.!

Personal taste thing I guess but I happen to really love metro. I like the nice smooth nature of the UI everything flows well and is not clunky at all not alot of un needed elements. It works very well on smaller devices and desktops, it easily portable and light on resources while still allowing a full set of GUI features.

I've used the zune software since 2006 and have greatly enjoyed seeing metro evolve over the years and am quite happy it is being used more.

kazgor said,
Metro sucks big time and i dont really understand people love for it... and before people ask, my feet are firmly in the MS camp.. i just hate Metro.!

hah. why man?? I love metro. It's beautiful

kazgor said,
Metro sucks big time and i dont really understand people love for it... and before people ask, my feet are firmly in the MS camp.. i just hate Metro.!

Depends on what you're after. Personally, I dislike having icons for every freaking thing. Text only is much cleaner, faster to render, beautiful!

kazgor said,
Metro sucks big time and i dont really understand people love for it... and before people ask, my feet are firmly in the MS camp.. i just hate Metro.!

I love, love, love the zune (the player itself, not the atrocious zune software UI) interface but I loathe the metro UI on any desktop application. It just doesn't make any sense. i don't get how anyone can think its a good idea for the desktop.

I can't wait for Metro UI to be in everything MS related. Easily the best UI I have used on a pc\device of any type. They really did well with it and am glad it is being pushed as the universal UI for MS products.

swanlee said,
I can't wait for Metro UI to be in everything MS related. Easily the best UI I have used on a pc\device of any type. They really did well with it and am glad it is being pushed as the universal UI for MS products.

You forgot the sarcasm tag.