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'Office 15' Hits the Technical Preview Stage

While not part of Directions on Microsoft's 2012 product roadmap, the next version of Office is chugging along. The next version, code named "Office 15" is now in the "Technical Preview" stage.

What does this mean? Some Microsoft customers will get to take the very early version of the suite for a spin (after they sign a disclosure saying they won't talk about it).

Microsoft is still not talking about what kinds of changes will be coming in the next version of Office. However, PJ Hough, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Office division, said that the releases won't be trickled out as in the past.

"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," wrote Hough in a blog posting.  

Those looking to join the technical preview are out of luck. All the spots are already filled up. The next chance to test drive Office 15 will be in the public beta, rumored for this summer.

What do you want improved, added or removed for Office 15? Send your suggestions to Doug at dbarney@redmondmag.com.
-- By Chris Paoli

Posted by Chris Paoli on 01/30/2012 at 1:19 PM


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