Speculation has been circulating that Microsoft will be showcasing its Office 15 suite today at an event in San Francisco. A technical preview of the software has been available to a select number of private users since January but with non-disclosure agreements in place, there has been little information about the new software.
Reports have claimed that Office 15 will not be able to run on Windows XP or Vista as Microsoft will end support for XP in 2014 with Vista support expected to end in 2017. This is likely to see Office 15 only run on Windows 7 and 8 machines. Rumours are that Microsoft will launch Office onto the iPad with Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps.
Microsoft has not said whether it will offer a touch-only version for Windows 8 as the only preview so far is for the desktop user interface. There will be Office 15 for Windows RT, which will have a desktop version.
The technical preview of Office 15 shows that it will be using the metro user interface that will be seen in the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. The new version of Office will see more integration with cloud-based services like Hotmail and SkyDrive with Microsoft reported to be launching an Office Marketplace for add-ons and extensions.
Back in January, the Vice President of Development for Office, PJ Hough said that Office 15 is "the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division."
Published on Monday 16 July 2012 @ 09:28:21 by ANDYW
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