Microsoft Planning Office 15

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With Office 2010 in public beta now, it seems that the majority of work on it is done, still, it’s a little surprising to hear that Microsoft is moving on to Office 15 already.

Of course, the whole thing isn’t entirely unexpected, we had received word very shortly after the release of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7, that the company was already moving on, with staff working away on Windows 8. The big difference is, for now at least, that the word that we could expect to see Windows 8 around 2012 prompted speculation that the manner in which MS releases OS updates would be changing to something a little more incremental… it seems less likely that that’s the case for Office.

Still, all speculation about just when we’ll see Office 15, or even in what state it’ll be when it arrives aside, it seems that Microsoft certainly has staff working on a new iteration of its Office suite, so naturally we’re all curious to hear more about it. ArsTechnica picked the whole thing up from a Microsoft Access Team blog posting, which simply said,

“Hello everyone! As Office 2010 nears shipping, we are starting to plan Office 15. One area that we are considering improving is our SQL server support. Based on what I’ve heard from the community, that would be most welcome. Not that we are very early in planning and considering many possible areas of investment, I unfortunately can’t commit to any actual improvements at this time.”

So, all Microsoft is saying, really, is that it’s working on a new version of Office to follow up Office 2010… Given that we don’t even have a final release of Office 2010 yet, we’d imagine we won’t be hearing too much news, but when we sit down with our new copies of Office 2010 on release, it’ll be hard not to think of Office 15.

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