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Microsoft Office 15 To Be Called MS Office 2013?

Ardjuna Seghers

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MS Office 2013 logo

It’s about time for a new version of the world’s most popular productivity suite, and that’s just what Microsoft will be unleashing alongside Windows 8 in a few months. As such - and considering the previous 2007 and 2010 versions were called after their year of release - it makes sense that Office 15 will be called Microsoft Office 2013.

This was gleaned through a screenshot of the software, which also shows off the new logo, while other shots show purported details of the new Metro interface and layout. Though this is from the Web Apps preview version, we reckon these elements should retain a unified look throughout the Office family.

Courtesy of LiveSide.net

Those appalled by the dramatic ‘ribbon’ interface shift that Microsoft introduced in its Office 2007 will be pleased to see that it doesn’t look all that different this time around, meaning those who are used to previous versions should have little trouble making the transition.

We’re already liking some of the new features we can see, such as a Page Layout tab joining Home, Insert and View along the top. We’re also partial to the slightly cleaner and more mature interface, and looking forward to even greater integration between the various Office components.

However, what we’re most excited by is that there will finally be a proper office suit for tablets. No insult to the variety of perfectly serviceable solutions currently available for iOS and Android, but they usually have an annoyance here or there that makes us long for good old Windows equivalents - of which MS Office is still the king.

Via Engadget

Images courtesy of cnBeta.com and LiveSide.net

Alexa08

June 12, 2012, 8:03 pm

has somebody just forgotten about office 2010?

Chris

June 12, 2012, 8:08 pm

Yeah, they've flattened the graphics to fit in with the Metro interface. Oddly, this makes it look similar to Google's apps in appearance, though the ribbon interface is still uniquely Microsoft.

I may be pointing out the obvious, but the previous version was 2010, not 2007 right?

TechVegan

June 12, 2012, 9:01 pm

@Alexa08 and Chris: I would plead Mondaynitis except it's not Monday... That and we generally use 2003 at the office, which makes me lust after 2007 and obviously subconsciously want to forget 2010 exists.
Thanks for the comments, it had already been fixed but the cache is being slow updating...

@Chris: RE similarity to Google Apps, indeed. Personally I think it's an improvement though.

kienhau

August 4, 2012, 8:22 am

Thanks for share! that's wonderful!

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