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Windows 7: "Office 15" Begins Technical Preview

01 Feb 2012   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
"Office 15" Begins Technical Preview

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This morning, we reached an important development milestone: the beginning of the "Office 15" Technical Preview Program. Office 15 is the codename for the next generation of the Microsoft Office products and services, and the Technical Preview is the first time we share our work with a select group of customers under non-disclosure agreements. These customers play a key role in our development process by testing early builds and providing feedback, which we incorporate into the final release.

At this early point in our development cycle, I'm not able to share too much about Office 15, but I can tell you Office 15 is the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division. With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio. Quite simply, Office 15 will help people work, collaborate, and communicate smarter and faster than ever before.

While the Technical Preview program is already full, everyone will have the opportunity to try the Office 15 public beta later this summer, and we'll have more to share about the release then. In the meantime, I do want to thank everyone who is participating in the Technical Preview for their contributions and all our customers for their continued support.

PJ Hough
CVP of Development, Microsoft Office Division
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01 Feb 2012   #2
Coke Robot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm fairly excited for the next release! I'm really looking forward for the new, people oriented, Outlook. But I really wanted to use PowerPoint because I have a fairly important presentation in May and the last one I did was with PowerPoint 2010 Beta. Hmm, hopefully there is a leak of the tech preview!
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02 Feb 2012   #3
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

That is a lot of segments to have update at the same time, looks like something new is coming.
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02 Feb 2012   #4
brummyfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks Shawn, I would like to try this in my W8 beta.
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02 Feb 2012   #5
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Do we get menus?
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03 Feb 2012   #6
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Do we get menus?
(hate the ribbon)
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03 Feb 2012   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have never had Office because I never needed it but I would like to get this new one just to learn how to use it. Who know someday I might get a office.
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04 Feb 2012   #8
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
sounds great but I think a lot of us will possibly skip the CLOUD stuff --especially after the debacle with the Megaupload file servers.

Entrusting your data to servers that you have absolutely no control over is a BAD BAD idea --and even worse now the US Govt thinks it can step in and close servers down all over the planet on any excuse it cares to name -- usually under idiotic "catchalls" such as "Piracy" or "National Security".

The other collaboration parts of the New office sound great -- however I still think MS need to improve LYNX to make it functionally like the great "NETMEETING" product that existed in XP. Allowing other people to control as well as VIEW your desktop(under your control of course) at a meeting can be a great feature -- this was present in NETMEETING in XP.

Cheers
jimbo
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04 Feb 2012   #9
Influx

Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1 / WCP x64 / Ubuntu 11 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GEWB View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Do we get menus?
(hate the ribbon)
The ribbon is great and I love it. What do you not like? The appearance or the UI concept.
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04 Feb 2012   #10
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

The ribbon is probably great. I would probably love it. But....

Microsoft Office is not a toy. In my business and in countless other businesses these programs are essential for day to day tasks of running an office. People like myself have been using these programs since their inception and have become quite proficient at it. We know where everything is and can perform functions of the program without looking.

The problem arises when software developers change the program's GUI to look spiffy and modern to attract new users, but forget that all us old timers may not want to take time out of the working day to frak around relearning what we already know, and we certainly do not want to pay our employees to be "grooving on the ribbon" instead of getting those contracts out.

All we old timers request here is that we have the option to quickly and easily set the program to 'Legacy' mode. I wouldn't care if the option to install menus was buried deep in the settings where only a sage old elf could find it. Then we can upgrade our software but not miss a beat as we transition to the new features on our own timetable.

I have read that in the newer versions of Office it would be too 'complex' to program a menu based GUI side-by-side with the ribbon. Too complex? For $400 I expect complex! A modern piece of productivity software should be highly customizable, otherwise it is just entry level crap.

IMHO
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