Richi Jennings

Microsoft Office 2013 (aka 15) beta release date 'today'

July 16, 2012 6:10 AM EDT

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is expected to launch Office 2013 today (codenamed Office 15 or Next). Steve Ballmer will release an open beta (or public preview) for download, say deeply-throated secret sources. In IT Blogwatch, blogger speculation is apparently a "cottage industry."
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Byron Acohido reports the rumor:

Microsoft plans...to unveil software features crafted to jazz up Office 15...industry sources say...[which] is scheduled to be available early next year, bristling with hooks into Windows 8.
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When Microsoft CEO...Steve Ballmer takes center stage at a Monday press conference, he likely will tout Office 15's touch capabilities.       M0RE


Gregg Keizer adds color:

CEO Steve Ballmer will host a news conference [today]...when he will unveil...Office 15...[said] anonymous sources familiar with Microsoft's plans.
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Microsoft has been especially secretive about Office 2013, and has said virtually nothing about [it, such as] price, on-sale date, upgrades, or the number of editions.
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Guessing ship dates is a cottage industry among technology bloggers, reporters and analysts.       M0RE

       
And Neil McAllister picks the last meaty chunks from the carrion carcass of news:

Microsoft has been calling [it] "Office 15," but come Monday we'll probably know it as Office 2013. ... [And] what to expect of the new release is practically anyone's guess.
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It's a safe bet that Redmond will continue to integrate the suite with...its Office 365 subscription offering. ... It's also likely that Microsoft will give the Office UI a makeover to help it fit better with Windows 8's new Metro look and feel.       M0RE


Meanwhile, Microsoft's PJ Hough hints at what's Next:

As we work to bring these new products to you, we do extensive testing...[which] helps us find and fix problems, and feedback from customers helps us fine tune our products to their work styles.
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I can't wait to share more about the new Office. ... I think this is the most transformational release I've worked on!       M0RE.


But Brian Proffitt is worried about where it's going:

Microsoft will need to walk a fine line between ginning up...Office and still making it relevant to the one class of user that seems to be overlooked in all the mobile hype: the average desktop user.
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Microsoft...can’t risk a $22.2 billion business - the largest moneymaker in the company...it would be one of the biggest mistakes in the history of the company.
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Why bother to spend big bucks to upgrade desktop users, after all, if this is all just cool mobile updates?       M0RE

      
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