Office 15 screenshots surface, show Metro style and more

If you enjoyed the information about Office 15 this morning, you are going to love the new screenshots that have surfaced. Paul Thurott has gotten his gotten his hands on the Technical Preview and posted up a boatload of new shots. We have some of them posted below (and above), but we heavily encourage you to head on over to his site to see additional pictures and his thoughts on the platform.

Clearly we can see Metro present in the new Office and Paul states that Office 15 is designed to site between Metro and the traditional desktop. Considering that we don’t have our hands on the TP, we will leave the speculating to the readers about all of the new features that may be shown in these screenshots. 

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If Microsoft is trying to shove Metro down our throats, why are their own flagship apps not using metro? I know this is an early build but I sure hope this changes by RTM.

Everything looks like it is exactly the same as in office 2010, only a new theme applied, and ribbon now minimized by default. And Microsoft can again collect 500 dollars from buyers who think that this is something new, just because they flattened the look and moved the outlook bar to the bottom (which is extremly stupid, since all monitors are now 16:9).
It is obivously really easy to get people to buy an upgrade to your program: just change a few colors, move a few pixel, and then charge the end user.

I really like it. No more complex menus, no more full-screen oversized zoom-and-whitespace layout, no more complex crap. Simple, minimalist, efficient.

I hope Office 15 will have the option of a fully fullscreen mode (like the Zune software) in addition to the window mode shown here.

I tell ya. All this talk about METRO. I think it is a very retro look at computing - something you might have seen back in the 70's. Where are the 3D elements? Just a flat tile is very blah, and although it does update dynamically, it is still a very blah element. The IE icon - why not have something that spins? Do something that is truly innovative - don't just put lipstick on a pig.

alan8it said,
I tell ya. All this talk about METRO. I think it is a very retro look at computing - something you might have seen back in the 70's. Where are the 3D elements? Just a flat tile is very blah, and although it does update dynamically, it is still a very blah element. The IE icon - why not have something that spins? Do something that is truly innovative - don't just put lipstick on a pig.

in other words "I WANT GLOSSY SHINY CANDY BUBBLES"?

So, I assume that Office 15 is not a Metro app in the sense that it is running on the desktop. Why not run full screen in proper Metro like the others? why is MS not eating its own dog food? I can understand old apps running within the desktop, but a new app, built by the same company building Metro, the cash cow of MS, why not do it as a full screen Metro app? why not show the power of the Metro paradigm? If MS does not consider this new Metro apps (the supposed future of Windows) as a viable way for office, why should other companies build Metro apps? (by Metro apps I mean apps that run in full screen independent of the desktop environment per se)

What's the use of the Metro full screen app paradigm then? for silly toy like apps? I have to relearn how to use my computer and adopt a made for touch interface in a keyboard/mouse world so a couple of toy apps get made for tablets?

I am confused...

We still have over 70,000 machines to roll out with Win7 and Office 2010 at work. By the time it's finished, hopefully Metro will be remembered as one of those mistakes of yesterday and the version after won't be cluttered with crap again.

I have to use Outlook constantly, the last thing I'd want is that rubbish on my screen all day, especially if there is no 'Dark' theme.

JohnnyLemonhead said,

I have to use Outlook constantly, the last thing I'd want is that rubbish on my screen all day, especially if there is no 'Dark' theme.

The Zune software has some darker themes and this is very similar, so I hope we'll have some options or I too won't be upgrading.

I think the Office users in the place I work are going to have heart attacks when they see this UI.... (you have to remember, not everyone in an office is 20 some years old)..

ShareShiz said,
OpenOffice wins again

stopped using MS Word when '07 version came out

Open Office/Libre Office are fine as far as they go but, no, they don't win at anything other than the initial price.

They should have a Group Policy to not add regular shortcuts to the Start screen and keep only Metro style apps there while regular shortcuts still reside in a revived Start menu. And Office Metro look doesn't look as bad as Windows Metro but still I think Office 2007 looked the best.

The first application in the new wave of releases that makes me excited. Windows 8 was a non-starter for me. VS 11 looks and works very good, unless you start working and you realize that the icons were too small to begin with to be recognized only by shape, with their color taken out.

How hard would it have been to keep this style of window interactions across all Metro apps???

The Metro/desktop switch would be a lot less disconcerting if the desktop looked less like Windows 7's. Change how the taskbar looks for example and I'm less likely to feel queasy when I don't see a start button and momentarily forget why . . .

These screenshots don't do the actual applications justice... it looks GORGEOUS. Reminds me a lot of the beautiful Zune software. Can't wait for this to come out

They are using the ALL CAPS as in Visual Studio 11!
I just do not see myself using those programs comfortably.

Although I very much like many of the changes in VS11, those ALL CAPS labels are distracting and just plain awful!

xfx said,
They are using the ALL CAPS as in Visual Studio 11!
I just do not see myself using those programs comfortably.

Although I very much like many of the changes in VS11, those ALL CAPS labels are distracting and just plain awful!

Agreed, plenty of people complaining about caps in VS11 on the MSDN blog.

CJEric said,
Looks like the floppy disk will be with us for all time. In icon form at least.

Everyone knows what the symbol means even if hardly anyone uses them anymore. It's difficult to think of a decent replacement symbol.

Looks pretty good! Could do with smaller caption buttons but the styling works for a desktop app. Now if they can do the same to the rest of the Windows 8 Metro apps.

Meh, it's neither here not there until I get a chance to use it properly. It will be interesting to see what happens with the Mac version after this as well.

Also, lol @ the Start menu.

Cøi said,

What do you mean? I don't see any Ribbon in here?

He's saying this looks worse than the ribbon which looked pretty awful at the time.

FalseAgent said,

Also, dude, a new UI is a new feature.

Not unless it substantially increases productivity it isn't.

And so far, the Metro UI has NOT done that for professional/business users on the desktop.

What's the point of posting screen shots if they're so small you can hardly make anything out?

Ooooh no! There goes using Office with a mouse! Metro isn't meant for a mouse! What the heck, Microsoft!?

/s

Also, Still no metro style icons?

Dot Matrix said,
Ooooh no! There goes using Office with a mouse! Metro isn't meant for a mouse! What the heck, Microsoft!?

/s

Also, Still no metro style icons?

They're changing the toolbar icons to metro style. You can't see it on these shot as they're too small but the Verge ones showed the new style save icon. No gradients, no shadows.

glyfz said,

They're changing the toolbar icons to metro style. You can't see it on these shot as they're too small but the Verge ones showed the new style save icon. No gradients, no shadows.

To be honest, they have to change the icons for tool bars. A lot of people who're using computers now, don't even know what the 'floppy disk icon' is, let alone know that they were once the place you stored documents. Floppy drives haven't been included on a mainstream PC for many a year now.

sagum said,
A lot of people ... don't even know what the 'floppy disk icon' is...

That's something I have a real hard time wrapping my head around, that there are people that know it as the save icon, but if you asked them what the icon was they would be clueless...mind boggling.

techguy77 said,
Metro looking apps should be made only for Desktop and keep old start menu.

Metro only for the desktop? That doesn't even make sense. And the big girls have already stopped whining about the start menu. Get with the program, champ.

The Stark said,

And who says the desktop can't be metro? Metro is a design language

I apologize for posting this again, but seriously, wouldn't a desktop like this be beautiful?

http://www.theverge.com/2012/2.../windows-desktop-ui-concept

It certainly would be impressive if they provided that as a theme/skin for the existing desktop, but for sure, they'd also have to provide existing theme for people who don't like the change.

I think the concept there is one that would help the progression from the desktop to Metro move smoother then its going to moving from aero theme to metro.

I actually really like the zune-ish interface/metro look a lot. Hopefully microsoft throws in a little surprise like this for us on release.

The Stark said,

And who says the desktop can't be metro? Metro is a design language

I apologize for posting this again, but seriously, wouldn't a desktop like this be beautiful?

http://www.theverge.com/2012/2.../windows-desktop-ui-concept

I'm not saying metro apps ont he desktop would be bad, hell I expect MS to open up WinRT for desktop use as well (probably for Windows 9) but honestly, when you start putting things in windows and you start to fill the screen with 4, 5 or however many windows at once then you're going away from the metro design idea and just cluttering the screen.

Besides with more windows on the screen then all the UI elements inside the apps become smaller (which is why the mouse has worked and been around as long as it has been) and even that is going away from metro's ideas.

Office 15 be default will start in full screen for this reason, and also with the ribbon minimized for this reason as well, metro is about putting your data/work w/e first and moving the app and OS itself out of the way.

The Stark said,

And who says the desktop can't be metro? Metro is a design language

I apologize for posting this again, but seriously, wouldn't a desktop like this be beautiful?

http://www.theverge.com/2012/2.../windows-desktop-ui-concept

This is awesome. But Windows 8... Half aero half metro. Some programs/apps on metro and on aero... Like IE10. I rather they make a new platform for tablet and not a mix experience of tablet and desktop together which ends up sucks on both types of devices. Using aero programs on tablets will be terrible. Using metro apps on desktop / laptop will be terrible as well.