Glimpse of the next version of Office


Paul Thurrott of the SuperSite for Windows has published an article that discusses the next version of Microsoft Office and what it might bring to end-users.  There’s not a lot of detail in there but he does a good job of laying out the areas in which Microsoft is going to focus with this next release.  He has some screenshots of prototype versions of the individual applications in the suite (I like the looks of the Outlook calendar screen).  The expected time line for the release of Office 12:

Office 12 public disclosure: May 2005
Microsoft plans to begin unveiling the Office "wave 12 pillars" to key customers in May 2005, the earliest in an Office version’s lifetime that the company has ever done so.

Beta 1: October 2005

Beta 2: First half of 2006

Beta 3: Mid-2006

RTM: Late summer 2006

General availability (GA): October 2006


Warner Crocker

Looks like Mircosoft asked Paul to take the artilce down.

Paul Phillips

At long last – “tasks, finally, can be assigned a time of day and be applied directly to your calendar.”

Disappointing there’s no news on Onenote

Report center looks a good concept

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