Take a peak at the next generation of the world's most popular productivity suite...
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