One of the most famous suites of software on earth, Microsoft’s Office, has been released in its 15th iteration this morning as a Technical Preview. As JP Hough, CVP of Development for Microsoft’s Office Division notes, Office 15 is the codename of the next generation of Microsoft’s Office products, and this Technical Preview is the first Phase of release for a limited group of customers under non-disclosure agreements. This release does not currently have any semblance of a price or release date, and this early build will not be released to the public.
Customers testing this early build of what’s currently code-named Office 15 will be providing feedback to Microsoft’s Office team and changes they suggest will be taken into account for the final build and release. Hough notes that Office 15 will be “the most ambitious undertaking yet” for the Office division. When the release comes down to the public, there will be one simultaneous update to all of the following: PC and mobile clients for Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Visio, Project, Exchange, and cloud services and servers.
There will be a public beta offered up later in the year, in the Summer to be a bit more precise, and more information on the builds being released then will be released closer to that time. The Technical Preview group is working with a sort of Alpha build if you will, while the Beta will be much closer to the final product. We can therefor take a wild guess and say that Office 15 will be out by the start of 2013.