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Microsoft Office 14 Images Leak

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft Office 14 Images Leak

It hasn't received anywhere near the same amount of Web chitter chatter as its partner in crime Windows 7 (I have to admit I'm really liking the beta) but next generation images have already begun to leak from the Redmond giant's other major staple: Microsoft Office.

Officially coded 'Office 14' at this stage (insert superstitious theories for skipping 13 here) and likely to stay that way if the latest Windows naming scheme is anything to go by, the software doesn't appear to represent anywhere near the radical overhaul seen in Office 2007.

Leaked by a tester from Russian site wzor, instead Office 14 continues the much loved/hated new Ribbon interface (I hated then loved it) with Outlook and Visio now on the receiving end. The look appears more streamlined too though specific feature upgrades have not been announced. Apparently it will ship its first beta in May which indicates there'll be no joint Windows/Office launch this time around. Expect Microsoft to firm up a launch timeframe next quarter.

So for the meantime that's all we've got. Hit up the next page for a full run down of shots...


via Ars Technica


January 19, 2009, 9:40 pm

I'm probably missing something or significantly behind the times, but is Visio the "new" name for PowerPoint?


January 19, 2009, 9:47 pm

No, it's a different application.

What I'm missing is why anyone (apart from the 2% of users that actually use all the features) would bother buying Microsoft applications when there are so many cheaper, easier, and better applications out there.


January 19, 2009, 10:10 pm


Like what? Open Office is rubbish compared to MS Office. Can't think of anything that tops Project & Visio either.

I think the Office suite does what it does very well.


January 19, 2009, 10:22 pm

A lot of people either deem the alternatives for geeks or don't know about them (and just use what comes in the box) or suppose that they are worse because they are cheaper/free.

Also, Microsoft software is bundled with many computers sold - if not Office, then Works - Office seems a natural upgrade from Works. What comes in the box (therefore Microsoft software) is normally what people will use, as it is easier just to let other people do the work :P


January 19, 2009, 10:31 pm

@ ruthless

One word. Compatibility. Microsoft Office is the de facto standard in office applications. Therefore everyone must use it. Even Mac users.


January 19, 2009, 11:24 pm

smc8788: I agree completely. The reason for being forced to use MS Office is that the rest of the world uses it. I have tried in the past to use OpenOffice and have been reasonably successful, but it is not easy.

My problem with the Ribbon is that I apparently I am in the 2% of users who use all the features, and now I am forced to conform to how Microsoft think, not the way that is most productive for me. My frustration level with Office 2007 is so high that I will refuse any upgrade until absolutely forced upon me. See my blog for more details http://maguffyn.wordpress.com/...

Peter Henderson

January 20, 2009, 12:14 am


Better Visio = OmniGraffle

Better Project = Merlin

Both are Mac products. For most items, replacements can be found that are quicker and more efficient than Office. You just have to look.

As for compatibility, what's the big deal? As long as everyone has the product, it's compatible. Docx format (Word 2007) isn't compatible with previous versions of Word...


January 20, 2009, 12:41 am

What I'm trying to work out is why anyone would use an ugly windows 95 theme under windows 7!


January 20, 2009, 1:02 am

@ Alex

I know what you mean. I have a number of friends and family members that use Vista but still choose to use the old school themes over the aero interface. Some people are just so stuck in their ways and refuse to accept change...even if it is for the better!


January 20, 2009, 1:04 am

@peter henderson: actually, .docx is compatible with word 2003


January 20, 2009, 3:04 am

Open office and the EU have solved this problem of compatibility........


January 20, 2009, 2:23 pm

MS Office is a triumph of marketing - it's like selling someone a house to keep the rain off their head, when all they need is an umbrella.

Francesco Mastellone

January 20, 2009, 5:00 pm

Personally I like Windows 95's theme better than the darn shiny new ones. Who cares how buttons and the bars holding them look, what I'm interested in is what they do! (e.g. the icon and text recognizability, a field in which Vista is abysmal). That being said, I actually like the Ribbon interface, but Microsoft's approach to interoperability and marketing dissuades me from using any of their products.

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