What this means is that there is a pre-Beta of the next version of Office, but you can’t get it.
“Not since Office 2003 has Microsoft taken such an “ambitious undertaking” to reinvent the productivity suite. Today, PJ Hough, CVP of development for Microsoft’s Office division, announced the “technical preview” for the suite’s next version and then rudely announced it’s “already full”. Oh yeah? Why the frak tell us about it then?
It’s that ambitious undertaking thing: “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”, Hough claims. There’s more to that boast than marketing. Microsoft is prepping Office for the cloud-connected, post-PC era. Suddenly Office 15 is going to be a big release…”
…What Office 15 Means for PCs
The post-PC era isn’t necessarily the end of the personal computer but its reinvention and extension to the cloud and to mobile devices. Windows 8 enters public beta late next month, which, based on recent releases means October launch. That’s the milestone path followed by Windows 7 and one planned for Vista. Microsoft informed everyone that Vista wouldn’t ship for holiday 2006 after missing the crucial February milestone necessary to release gold code for October launch. The point: Office 15 will follow Windows 8, which makes touch a priority, adds support for ARM processors and introduces the new Metro user interface. Windows 8 also marks Microsoft’s more fervent push into new device categories, where it would want to bring Office System and cloud services…”