Microsoft to begin technical preview of Office 15

31 Jan 2012

PJ Hough, who heads up development at Microsoft's Office division

Software giant Microsoft says it will shortly begin the technical preview programme for its forthcoming Office 15, which Microsoft Office head of development PJ Hough describes as the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office division.

Irishman Hough said Microsoft will work with a select group of customers under non-disclosure agreements who will play a key role in the development process by testing early builds and providing feedback that will be incorporated into the final release.

“At this early point in our development cycle, I’m not able to share too much about Office 15, but I can tell you 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. Quite simply, Office 15 will help people work, collaborate and communicate smarter and faster than ever before,” Hough said.

He added that Office 15 will go out for public beta at some stage in the summer.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years