Office 15 "Moorea" application demoed on video

Earlier this week we got our first look at the new “Moorea” application that will be included with Microsoft Office 15. The application appears to be some sort of aggregator of content, where you will likely be able to place all information relating to specific topic into the one interface. As Brad Sams says, “Imagine you are doing research on birds; you could have your documents, images, and videos all in one place.”

Today, thanks to Roberto Branni of WinBeta.it, we are able to get a video demonstration of this new application and how it works. It seems that he had access to build 15.0.2703.1000 of Office 15, which included the new Moorea application, and was able to record some of the aggregator in action:

In the video you can again see the hints of the Metro Design Language, as used throughout Windows Phone 7 and possibly to be used in Windows 8, when Branni performs some actions such as saving his tiled content workspace, not to mention the tiles themselves. It also seems that Branni had some issues using the application when he enlarged the images and tried to perform actions using the buttons on the left-hand side, or that some functionality simply hasn’t been included this early into the Office 15 development cycle.

Other Office 15 screenshots leaked earlier this week again hinting at a Metro-styled user interface, however in these early leaks the changes are extremely subtle. Microsoft Office 15 is expected to land in 2012, but this hasn’t been confirmed with Microsoft officially.

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It looks great if you ask me. Remember that you aren't limited to single squares, you can combine them to make bigger areas, create really lovely Metro-styled stuff!

My only caveat with this would be - why *another* interface? We have the ribbon, we have the explorer-style...thing, the wizards, then metro. And apart from all these, all the custom interface crap apps (I'm looking at you, driver installation CD's!) . It's confusing, for both developers and users!

Bogdan Calapod said,
My only caveat with this would be - why *another* interface? We have the ribbon, we have the explorer-style...thing, the wizards, then metro. And apart from all these, all the custom interface crap apps (I'm looking at you, driver installation CD's!) . It's confusing, for both developers and users!

This is a self-contained app, it's not a framework, why would developers be involved in this at all?

It seems like a simplified One Note and Powerpoint combined, better in fact. I use One Note at the moment but it's not very good at organizing your thoughts in a simple way. It's just as scattered as having pieces of paper everywhere but searchable. This app would gather all your notes and files in a more organized fashion. Neat idea. Also, looks perfect for running on a windows phones or a tablet device. Only problem is someone might beat them to it now that it's exposed.

Looked stupid at first, but at my job I would actually see a use for this. However, in my entire life, I wouldn't have seen another use I think… Not a lot of people are going to use that.

Arceles said,

Lawsuit? Join Microsoft?

lol. Thanks, I needed that.

I will upload a working version soon. It will be free, in case anyone cares.

I have uploaded a VERY alpha version of my app. There is no installation for it, but if you have the .NET Frameworks 3.5 you will only need to double-click the app. The OPEN and SAVE functions are not working yet. (sorry) I'm happy to hear feedback, and I should be able to complete these functions along with a few others in the next few days or by this time next week.

http://blissgig.com/display.aspx?id=7

It seems like a tablet friendly app...

Its about sharing ideas for a project in a sort of Mood Board style. I assume you can resize elements to take up multiple tile slots, and format text etc.

I can see why a tech site audience would find this incredibly lame (me included), specially the ones that already resorted to OneNote and similar, but thinking from a mindless non-tech person perspective (think of it as Apple design philosophy fans.... more is less and all that crap) this might become a success.

It's REALLY dumbed down but still enough to get something done while at the same time being intuitive with minimal effort to understand the workings of said software, and in the end, it might turn out as a pretty collage of content (we all know these people live and die for their shinny things). I can definitely see something like that turning out to be interesting for a nice chunk of current Office users, specially people that stays on the Student version.

MFH said,
Honestly, I don't get it. What's Moorea actually about?

To me it seems as if a big wall combining your research documents. The news post states a nice example: You're doing research about birds and in Moorea you can combine your photo's, documents, ... all in one place.

That's just what I can make out of the first 30 seconds video.

Wannes said,
To me it seems as if a big wall combining your research documents.…

So essentially it's a second OneNote - at least I'm doing stuff like that with OneNote…

xpclient said,
So they're putting two versions of OneNote?

It's obviously not OneNote, nor is it trying to be. Unless you're looking for something else to claim is "removed" from Office.

I'd be interested to see what consumer feedback they've had to drive the demand for this. I know it's not finished but right now the value of this seems unclear to me.

Alansonit said,
I'd be interested to see what consumer feedback they've had to drive the demand for this. I know it's not finished but right now the value of this seems unclear to me.

I was thinking about it too. It sounds interesting, but I fail at seeing myself spending time organizing my time spent working for my projects.

AKLP said,
smart, demo new Office but dont add any documents

I was thinking this, should of got a document demo ready.

AKLP said,
smart, demo new Office but dont add any documents

No docs 'cause moorea crash when i try to add one of them. Very buggy atm.