Office 2013 banners show up in SF ahead of Microsoft announcement

We had previously heard that Microsoft's surprise press conference was going to be about Office 2013 and new banners spotted in San Francisco (the location of today's announcement) would appear to confirm that information.

The images were posted up on ithome, a Chinese site, clearly show the Office logo with one banner exposed and the other appears to be covered. The new Office icon lines up with previous leaks and reinforces the fact that today's announcement will be Office related.

The source also states that the release will be called the Consumer Preview, this follows the naming convention of Windows 8 which is currently at the Release Preview stage of development. 

Source/Image Credit: IThome.com

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Why are we having to rely on photos and information from a Chinese website, for banners that are currently hanging in the United States? WTF?!!?? (Not you Neowin, just a WTF in general.)

rev23dev said,
Why are we having to rely on photos and information from a Chinese website, for banners that are currently hanging in the United States? WTF?!!?? (Not you Neowin, just a WTF in general.)

Because this particular site has folks there, and US-based sites do not?

Also, this particular ROC-based site has a monstrously-large following among ROC-based IT (especially the Windows side of IT) - Foxconn, ASUS and the associated companies, GIGABYTE, MSI, etc. Three sites that have *slideways* connections to Neowin itself (WinUnleaked, MDL, and TheVerge) also follow Win8China.

Also, Win8China's member base doesn't quibble about posting photos or other information (likely due to ROC law regarding IP being quite different from US law) - in other words, ROC lawyers and judges raise less of a stink than US-based lawyers and judges.

rev23dev said,
Why are we having to rely on photos and information from a Chinese website, for banners that are currently hanging in the United States? WTF?!!?? (Not you Neowin, just a WTF in general.)

Don't mess with the Chinese.

"The source also states that the release will be called the Consumer Preview"

No, I'm quite certain it'll be just called Office Preview.

pikablu0530 said,
"The source also states that the release will be called the Consumer Preview"

No, I'm quite certain it'll be just called Office Preview.


What makes you quite certain of this?

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

I am also pertty certain it will be called "Office Preview" rather than "Office Consumer Preview".


But I'd like to know what gave you both that idea? You can't reasonably be certain (or even somewhat certain) unless you've heard this from a reliable source; if you haven't, you're just guessing, surely?

pikablu0530 said,
"The source also states that the release will be called the Consumer Preview"

No, I'm quite certain it'll be just called Office Preview.

No, it will be called Consumer Preview. Lol

sanke1 said,
70% of wasted space in that orange tile

Without that space, the banner ('tile', as you call it) wouldn't look as nice. Not only that, but if this was a live tile on one of Microsoft's software products, it would likely animate and include useful information.

Calum said,

Without that space, the banner ('tile', as you call it) wouldn't look as nice. Not only that, but if this was a live tile on one of Microsoft's software products, it would likely animate and include useful information.

Que projectors on the other side.

Calum said,
Without that space, the banner ('tile', as you call it) wouldn't look as nice. Not only that, but if this was a live tile on one of Microsoft's software products, it would likely animate and include useful information.

Live tiles don't have the icon in the lower left corner, just text. On top of that Office 2015 are a set of desktop apps.

sanke1 said,
70% of wasted space in that orange tile

the space is part of the design. It's used as a design element quite well.

.Neo said,

Live tiles don't have the icon in the lower left corner, just text. On top of that Office 2015 are a set of desktop apps.

In Windows 8, calendar & people have icons in the lower left o.o

.Neo said,

Live tiles don't have the icon in the lower left corner, just text.

As Matthew_Thepc has pointed out, some do.

.Neo said,

On top of that Office 2015 are a set of desktop apps.

As far as has been announced so far, before this event

siah1214 said,

Hater's gonna hate.

How could that have received 15+ likes? I swear, there is no end to the disappointment when people can just mash these macros together whenever they have nothing intelligent to say, and all the le reddit army just jump in and laugh, thinking it's the greatest thing since they discovered le memes.

I think the original comment is quite correct- the banner is much like a neighbourhood vandal, spray-painting his/her tag on a wall, because it has the recognition attached to it, rather than giving any reason to like or accommodate it. I mean, at least Apple's ads show some reasons to enjoy Apple products, this is just asking MS fans to raise their hands and shout, "Hey guys look it's Office! Yay Office!" There's no creativity or intelligence required anymore for Microsoft to make its new "innovative" and "fast and fluid" designs/products anymore.

Calum said,

Without that space, the banner ('tile', as you call it) wouldn't look as nice. Not only that, but if this was a live tile on one of Microsoft's software products, it would likely animate and include useful information.

If this was a tile, then they'd make it a tile. It's not a tile, you don't have to use your imagination and imagine somebody's one-page essay would be longer if it were a document on a thin tablet to be scrolled.

Tangmeister said,

If this was a tile, then they'd make it a tile. It's not a tile, you don't have to use your imagination and imagine somebody's one-page essay would be longer if it were a document on a thin tablet to be scrolled.


No one (apart from some Microsoft stakeholders who were informed) knew what they could have had planned for this banner.