There are reports that a new early build of Microsoft’s Office 15
have escaped the Redmond halls. More interesting than the mere existence of these pre-alpha build, however, is another mention of a new application that will become part of Microsoft’s next-generation Office suite.
Despite the fact Microsoft only began shipping Office 14 (a k a, Office 2010) a couple of months ago, an August 20 Softpedia report (via the Russian website Wzor) claims there’s a new Office 15 build floating around.
Softpedia’s report also includes something near and dear to this Microsoft watcher’s heart: a new codename. “Microsoft Limestone Integration Application” (also known as “Microsoft Lime”)
is a new application development element that will be part of Office 15, according to information that allegedly is part of the newly leaked build. (Update
: One of my contacts says Lime is just a user-interface utility for Office, and probably not considered a new application in and of itself. But it still sounds like there is a new Office 15 app coming. Read on….)
Stephen Chapman noted on his Microsoft Kitchen site, back in early June this year, that there were indications Microsoft was planning to add a new application to its coming Office suite
. Chapman connected the dots and discovered a mention of “a major new feature” coming to Office 15 via a LinkedIn profile
of a former Microsoft intern. That intern worked on the Excel team.