The next version of Microsoft's popular office suite, codenamed Office 15, on Monday entered the technical preview phase, allowing a select group of NDA-bound customers to test early builds of the software suite and provide valuable feedback in the process. The launch of the Office 15 Technical Preview Program, a significant development milestone, was announced by PJ Hough, CVP of Development in Microsoft’s Office Division, in a post on the Office blogs site.
“At this early point in our development cycle, 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. 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,” wrote Hough.
“While the Technical Preview program is already full,” according to Hough, “everyone will have the opportunity to try the Office 15 public beta later this summer, and we'll have more to share about the release then.”
In related news, a new rumor suggests that Office 15 for Windows 8 will not get the proper Metro UI treatment. According to The Verge, its sources have revealed to it that the various apps in the next-gen productivity suite will essentially still be traditional Windows desktop apps, and not full "Metro style" apps, despite their overall interface being very touch friendly.