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Outlook in Microsoft Office 15 features new calendars and more.  (Source: Winreview.ru)

Powerpoint looks to feature new templates for presentations, new effects, and new slide transitions.  (Source: Winreview.ru)
The future of office productivity software received a surprise preview on Monday.

Microsoft may not like that yet another one of its products leaked before entering the official testing process.  But it would be hard for the company to completely begrudge the positive attention that a Microsoft Office 15 preview build, leaked [translated article] by Winreview.ru, is causing.

The sequel to Microsoft Office (MSO) 2010 ("Office 14"), Office 15 will likely aired sometime next year -- possibly in unison with the launch of Windows 8.  The new Office continues to build upon the Fluent User Interface (better known as the "Ribbon") -- a colorful GUI first introduced with MSO 2007.

The build of MSO 15 carried the build string 15.0.2703.1000 and was a 32-bit install.  It was obviously an early build -- while all the core components like Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word were functional, it crashed several times (as would be expected from an early build).

Overall the reviewer pinpointed a handful of new features, including new PowerPoint templates, effects, and transitions.  And the GUI overall has moved away from Aero themes and has been tweaked to bring it in line visually with Metro, the GUI found in Zune, Windows Phone 7, and Microsoft's new test homepage.

Outlook has been updated with new file sorting capabilities and new calendar layouts.

The most rough application at present appeared to be Excel, which Winreview.ru struggled to even open.  The problems appear multifold, including problems with the built-in templates and with the partially complete .NET Framework 4 integration.  Excel was reportedly the only application in the distribution that didn't immediately run.  

The icons for the programs were identical to those found in Windows 14.

A video of the new software in action has been posted to YouTube (it's in Russian, but you can at least stare at the pretty screens). 

Microsoft Office was first released over twenty years ago in 1990.  It has since become one of the OS maker's biggest sources of revenue.  Today the productivity suite holds a market share of almost 95 percent, but it still faces challenges from competitors like the cloud-based Google Docs and the Java-based Open Office 3.  While these competitors typically offer far less features than Microsoft Office, they have the advantage of being free -- something that students and those on a budget particularly appreciate.



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Open Letter to DailyTech Editor(s)
By MDGeek on 3/14/2011 12:49:06 PM , Rating: -1
Dear DailyTech.com Editor(s);

Contrary to your coverage history on every aspect of technology news, Why is it that there has not been a single article on your website (DailyTech.com) relating to Apple iPad2 launch, sales, reviews, etc. since four days it went on sale?

When Verizon iPhone4 was launched, there was no shortage of dooms and failures predictions on your daily articles. However favorable or unfavorable your coverage might be on all-things-Apple, at least it fulfills the journalistic requirement of being mentioned in your daily round-up.
It begs the question of What has changed now?
Should we interpret your silence on the subject as an admission that Motorola Xoom did not outshine iPad2 as your Android Fanboyz had hoped or is it a protest against yet another record setting sales figure by Apple iDevice??

Please respond. Just say something. Anything. Don’t leave us your humble readers in darkness especially at this critical time!

yours truly,




RE: Open Letter to DailyTech Editor(s)
By Aihal on 3/14/2011 12:58:05 PM , Rating: 2
http://www.dailytech.com/Apple+iPad+2+Reviews+Hit+...

You should improve your searching skills... Or maybe your browsing skills, since it was there in the front page as one of the featured articles with a big rectangle image instead of a square one.


RE: Open Letter to DailyTech Editor(s)
By MDGeek on 3/14/11, Rating: -1
By themaster08 on 3/14/2011 1:22:47 PM , Rating: 5
STFU


RE: Open Letter to DailyTech Editor(s)
By invidious on 3/14/2011 1:27:30 PM , Rating: 3
If you want to write DT a letter use email or snail mail. If you just want your apple stroked then go to one of the millions of apple fanservice websites out there. Ipad2 is not an interesting successor to the ipad1, get over it.

I was planning on getting an ipad2 until I found out that all of the interesting rumors weren't true. I will be getting a xoom (non 3G). Which also isn't getting much DT coverage but I am a big boy and can make up my own mind.


RE: Open Letter to DailyTech Editor(s)
By nafhan on 3/14/2011 2:26:51 PM , Rating: 2
Just checked MDGeek's comment history, he posted this comment on 3 different news articles. Does that count as spam?
Also, I find someone asking for more Apple news hilarious... Seriously, every possible detail has been covered ad naseum across the web.


By Fleeb on 3/14/2011 3:21:06 PM , Rating: 2
Not spamming. Flooding. But I guess these two words are interchangeable nowadays :S


By inighthawki on 3/14/2011 4:03:57 PM , Rating: 2
I think he has the first DT account I've seen whose score is actually a solid -1.00, not just really low or less than zero.


By nafhan on 3/14/2011 2:42:54 PM , Rating: 1
So, you're so desperate for anything, absolutely anything Apple related, that you're posing a comment as a "letter to the editor" in the comments section across multiple articles? Kind of pathetic...
I have to give it to Apple they can inspire blind, crazy loyalty like no one else in tech.


By Gungel on 3/14/2011 1:25:10 PM , Rating: 2
I for one am happy about the balanced Apple news coverage on this site. I much prefer this over the appleization of other sites such as engadget which to me has become an ad service for Apple.


By sxr7171 on 3/14/2011 8:51:49 PM , Rating: 1
Wow dude. People like you make me embarrassed to use Apple products. I welcome this place to get away from the engadgets and gizmodos reporting every sneeze from Cupertino.


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