Office 15 is On the Way (and That’s All We Know)

By  |  Monday, January 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

As ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports, Microsoft has announced that it’s begun a technical preview of Office 15, the next version of its suite. That means that work is progressing on the product, and it doesn’t seem unreasonable to guess that the company hopes to have it out this year. But the news doesn’t bring any official details whatsoever:

Microsoft officials are not commenting on the features in any part of Office 15; on the planned release-to-manufacturing (RTM) or general availability date; or on whether the technical preview will include a version of Office that will work on Windows 8 on ARM. (I asked about all of these.) Update: Also, for those asking, we also have no idea on platform-support specifics — such as whether this preview also encompasses the rumored Office for iPad; and whether it includes a separate non-touch-centric Office 15 update for those not using tablets/touch-enabled laptops.

I hope that Microsoft is working on an ambitious touch-centric version of Office for Windows 8. It would be odd if it wasn’t. But I’m not sure what the implications will be–is it even possible to create a touch version of Excel that will please a spreadsheet jockey?–and look forward to hearing what Microsoft has to say when it’s ready to talk.

 
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  1. Avi K Says:

    This entry highlights a difficult the tech industry is coming to face: We have great mouse/keyboard Input, and we have great touch input. Can these things work in harmony or are they mutually exclusive? Time will tell!

  2. Alan Hill Says:

    A touch screen is of no use to anyone that actually needs to do some work.
    It will only be of use to people who do not work at all. Perfect for the talkers and not doers.
    The same for phones. You can zip here and there with ease. Eventually you have use the thing and touch is of no benefit.
    A bit like 3D movies. Just a gimmick that no-one will use effectively.
    We do not need klitz and glanour we need functionality.

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