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Office 15 will launch in roughly the same timeframe as Windows 8

Office 2010 was released a little under over two years ago and Microsoft is now gearing up for its successor. PJ Hough, CVP of Development for the Microsoft Office Division, just announced today on the Microsoft Office Blog that Office 15 has now entered the Technical Preview stage.
With the Technical Preview, Microsoft is getting feedback from some its most important customers on what to change, what to keep, and what to throw out of the next iteration of Office. Of course, those customers are under an NDA so we still won't know much about the productivity unless someone starts leaking information out (which they inevitably will).
"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," said Hough. "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.   "
Hough also made it clear that the public beta of Office 15 will be released this summer. We should expect to see the retail product launch later this year around the same time as Windows 8.

Source: Microsoft Office Blog

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How many people...
By Marlin1975 on 1/30/2012 3:04:32 PM , Rating: 1
How many people even use half of the new features of office, let alone any?

I have seen many updates to MS Office but every person still uses the basic math functions in Excel and spell check in Word.

I installed Libre Office, free office suite that is replacing open office, and it does everything I think 99% of people use office for. Wish the Fed Gov and more colleges would use it, LO, just to see how many REALLY complain due to a lose of function. Let alone the money saved.

RE: How many people...
By Camikazi on 1/30/2012 4:13:30 PM , Rating: 5
They won't save money, the number one reason really big companies go for paid programs isn't cause they are better (although it helps) it's the support options that the programs have. If you have a problem with LibreOffice there is no number to call for customer support, you must have your own support staff and people who know the program, while if you buy Office from MS you can call them and get help without having to train and pay your own support people. It's the reason a company using Linux will still pay for RedHat, it's the support that is important to them.

RE: How many people...
By lucyfek on 1/30/2012 6:08:48 PM , Rating: 1
I can see better SharePoint integration as one of few thing M$ could add (not sure if that necessary). Now most corporations become locked in the product licensing scheme and end up upgrading every now and then (even if only small percentage of their users knows more than 10% of Office features and hates ribbon). Personally I'm OK with notepad with a spell check. Even Open Office is more than most people needed - it's the result of marketing that they keep asking for it and businesses do a wonderful job of passing unnecessary upgrade costs onto customers.
Expect Office 16 in few years.

RE: How many people...
By Just Tom on 1/31/2012 9:41:56 AM , Rating: 2
and businesses do a wonderful job of passing unnecessary upgrade costs onto customers.

Businesses charge what maximizes profits. Every business would want lower costs of production because that would mean higher profits. Costs do not get 'passed on to consumers' they eat profits.

RE: How many people...
By Darksurf on 1/31/2012 9:36:33 AM , Rating: 2
I agree the new "features" aren't all used, but the ribbon interface is much easier to get accustomed to and actually use the features available. Besides the new ribbon interface, not much else excites me about office 2010.

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