Big Rumors about Microsoft Office 2012

Accordingly to Win Rumors, Microsoft is planning the first beta of its Office 15 software in January. The software giant is currently preparing final milestone builds of Office 15 in preparation for a full beta in late January, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans.

Microsoft Office 15 is the code name for Microsoft Office 2012, the next version of Microsoft’s popular productivity suite that includes not only Word and Excel but also PowerPoint for presentations. It is tentatively scheduled for a beta 1 milestone in late January. Microsoft will provide a Technology Preview of the software initially and it is expected to be introduced at CES 2012 alongside the Windows 8 beta.

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Office 15 will be designed with touch at the heart of the applications. Microsoft has redesigned the general look and feel of its popular Outlook email client to make it usable by touch, pen and mouse.

What to expect from Microsoft Office 2012

Accordingly to TechRadar, there will be also possibly be a Windows 8 authoring tool as well as HTML add-ins too. But what should we expect from Microsoft Office 2012.

Microsoft’s PR team refers to Wave 15 without giving any details. Several Microsoft job adverts and LinkedIn profiles for Microsoft employees use the name Office 15, and the Access team has referred to Access 15 – but Office 15 is unlikely to be the final name (Office 2010 had the Office 14 codename).

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We all areexpecting multiple Microsoft Office 2012 versions from starter, professional or home, including also small business versions as well as a full Office 2012 enterprise edition which is the most completed version and have many different combinations of applications.

A job advert for Office Mobile testing in October 2010 referred to “Office 15 and Windows Phone 8 planning phase just getting under way”, rumours in March suggested the code had already reached Milestone 2 and what looks like a legitimate build leaked in May. The Office division takes two to three years to put out a new version and we saw the beta of Office 2010 in February 2010 followed by RTM in May.

Office 15 is shaping up to be one of the most feature packed and exciting releases,” says a Microsoft job advert . There’s obviously noting official on the Office 2012 features at this stage but there are some hints, like Office president Kurt delBene saying at the Worldwide Partner Conference “We want to remain the leaders in productivity on the desktop. We need to push forward in new scenarios that we had not delivered before.

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