For the last few quarters, Microsoft’s revenues have been boosted by the Office division, with Office 2010 helping to drive revenues up to $5.6bn and profits to $3.7bn for the division in the October.
And in a bid to make sure that success continues, the company has announced on a blog the first step for the next version of the suite of productivity programs with a public beta coming this summer.
Office 15 is the codename for the next generation of the Microsoft Office products and services and is the successor to the hugely successful Office 2010, which won out Product of the Year Award a couple of years ago.
We don’t know much about Office 15 so far but one area which will be of particular interest is whether Microsoft will be launching a version of the software to run on ARM-based Windows 8 machines and/or a touch-enabled version of Office for tablets.
PJ Hough, CVP of Development for the Microsoft Office Division said this would be a major update to the product: “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.”
A Technical Preview is currently underway with a select group of customers, who have signed a non-disclosure agreement – meaning we won’t be getting many details until the public beta later in the year.
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Source: Office Exec Blog