Rumor: First beta of Microsoft Office 15 due in January

Microsoft's two biggest businesses are its Windows and Microsoft Office divisions. Microsoft is working on Windows 8 but the company also has its eyes set on releasing the latest version of its Office productivity suite. Now Winrumors.com reports via unnamed sources that Microsoft plans to release the first beta version of Office 15 (working title) sometime in late January. The company has reportedly been working on the final milestone builds of Office 15 in preparation for the beta launch.

Microsoft is expected to offer a Technology Preview version of Office 15 to the public in early January at CES 2012, which is also when Microsoft is expected to launch the beta version of the Windows 8 operating system. Office 15 will likely support many of the touch interface features that are being developed for the Metro-style interface for Windows 8.

It's more than likely that Microsoft will release the newest version of Office alongside Windows 8 which many analysts believe is scheduled to launch sometime in the third quarter of 2012. Even though Microsoft is moving more into the cloud server business with the launch earlier this year of Office 365, the company likely knows that it's Office software suite will continue to be used on local PCs for a long time to come.

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I'm sticking with Office 2007 for now. I didn't like the way that Office 2010 moved the Menu button away from the top left and made it very narrow, which made it more difficult to select quickly. The change went against Fitt's Law and I wasn't impressed with the rest of the changes, certainly not enough to spend money on it.

I'll see what the next version of Office offers, though I really don't feel any need to upgrade. Whereas Win8 is looking much more compelling.

This is getting ridiculous. Do we really need a new version every year? I know many that get by with just Office 2003 + Office 2007 compatibility patch.

Im sure there are people out there that uses some of the new features, but come one, those can be implemented via patches.

sanctified said,
This is getting ridiculous. Do we really need a new version every year? I know many that get by with just Office 2003 + Office 2007 compatibility patch.

Im sure there are people out there that uses some of the new features, but come one, those can be implemented via patches.


Every 3-4 years hardly is "every year" and IMHO the release cycle is okay.

Nowadays you can grab MS Office for a fair price and if you're student you might even be able to get it for free.

GS:mac

Would be great if they had it launch with Windows 8.

Now Adobe on the other hand won't have a Metro version of Creative Suite until 2018.

Wow, I can't wait...I'm sure it will be a million miles away from the version we already have and will further point to the fact that not purchasing this new version would be absolutely unthinkable

</sarcasm>

I've had many rants about annual turnover of apps like this. Even with it's huge selection of features, I'm willing to bet the majority of users would still be able to use Office XP for their general use was it not for compatibility issues caused by the multiple versions since.

However, are there good features in the latest version? Absolutely. Do they merit the purchase of a brand new license....possible not.

Wiggz said,
I've had many rants about annual turnover of apps like this. Even with it's huge selection of features, I'm willing to bet the majority of users would still be able to use Office XP for their general use was it not for compatibility issues caused by the multiple versions since.

However, are there good features in the latest version? Absolutely. Do they merit the purchase of a brand new license....possible not.

Of course there was no OneNote in Office XP, 65k row limit in Excel, Piviot Tables are a pain, mulit user authoring is almost non-existant as is information rights management and oh yeah, the security in office XP looks like it was designed for threats that were around ten years ago because it was. It might not make sense to an individual user that has a perpetual licence to upgrade, but for corporations that pay a fixed fee every three years for Office, upgrading is a no brainer.

Wiggz said,
Wow, I can't wait...I'm sure it will be a million miles away from the version we already have and will further point to the fact that not purchasing this new version would be absolutely unthinkable

</sarcasm>

I've had many rants about annual turnover of apps like this. Even with it's huge selection of features, I'm willing to bet the majority of users would still be able to use Office XP for their general use was it not for compatibility issues caused by the multiple versions since.

However, are there good features in the latest version? Absolutely. Do they merit the purchase of a brand new license....possible not.


No one is forcing you anything..

Wiggz said,
Do they merit the purchase of a brand new license....possible not.

Be careful what you write here. This "community" will tell you why you are foolish for still running Office XP. You will be subjected to a torrent of replies from this "community" now.

Wiggz said,
Wow, I can't wait...I'm sure it will be a million miles away from the version we already have and will further point to the fact that not purchasing this new version would be absolutely unthinkable

</sarcasm>

I've had many rants about annual turnover of apps like this. Even with it's huge selection of features, I'm willing to bet the majority of users would still be able to use Office XP for their general use was it not for compatibility issues caused by the multiple versions since.

However, are there good features in the latest version? Absolutely. Do they merit the purchase of a brand new license....possible not.

you have got to be the biggest idiot. Seriously?

torrentthief said,
Was hoping to hear of more features than just metro U.I support

Hoping it will have support for OpenDocument spec.


Well, the suite's having this whole new app called Moorea. I never really knew what it did, though...

Not a rumor if it's true >.>. However, I have heard that Windows 8 has been delayed... so this may be as well.

Glassed Silver said,
Boo! I hoped that it'll be in before X-Mas...

GS:mac


There's already an Alpha leaked version... look for it in windows8italia or by downloading BluePoison

Jose_49 said,

There's already an Alpha leaked version... look for it in windows8italia or by downloading BluePoison

Just make sure you're okay with illegally downloading a still in development release of Microsoft Office...