Download Office 15 Beta/Customer Preview

Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2012 09:53 Written by admin Monday, 16 July 2012 09:53

Microsoft is offering the public a taste of the next generation of Office 15. The company made a Customer Preview release available for download. Office 15 Customer Preview is essentially the Beta milestone of Office 2010’s successor, one that’s on track to hit RTM, and possibly even general release, by the end of 2012. Download it here.



Office at Its Best on Windows 8

  • Touch everywhere. Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. Swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations. Author new content and access features with the touch of a finger.
  • Inking. Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features. Handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text. Use your stylus as a laser pointer when presenting. Color your content and erase your mistakes with ease.
  • New Windows 8 applications. OneNote and Lync represent the first new Windows 8 style applications for Office. These applications are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. A new radial menu in OneNote makes it easy to access features with your finger.
  • Included in Windows RT. Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, will be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface.

Office Is in the Cloud

  • SkyDrive. Office saves documents to SkyDrive by default, so your content is always available across your tablet, PC and phone. Your documents are also available offline and sync when you reconnect.
  • Roaming. Once signed in to Office, your personalized settings, including your most recently used files, templates and even your custom dictionary, roam with you across virtually all of your devices. Office even remembers where you last left off and brings you right back to that spot in a single click.
  • Office on Demand. With a subscription, you can access Office even when you are away from your PC by streaming full-featured applications to an Internet-connected Windows-based PC.
  • New subscription services. The new Office is available as a cloud-based subscription service. As subscribers, consumers automatically get future upgrades in addition to exciting cloud services including Skype world minutes and extra SkyDrive storage. Subscribers receive multiple installs for everyone in the family and across their devices.


Office Is Social

  • Yammer. Yammer delivers a secure, private social network for businesses. You can sign up for free and begin using social networking instantly. Yammer offers integration with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics.
  • Stay connected. Follow people, teams, documents and sites in SharePoint. View and embed pictures, videos and Office content in your activity feeds to stay current and update your colleagues.
  • People Card. Have an integrated view of your contacts everywhere in Office. The People Card includes presence information complete with pictures, status updates, contact information and activity feeds from Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
  • Skype. The new Office comes with Skype. When you subscribe, you get 60 minutes of Skype world minutes every month. Integrate Skype contacts into Lync and call or instant message anyone on Skype.

Office Unlocks New Scenarios

  • Digital note-taking. Keep your notes handy in the cloud and across multiple devices with OneNote. Use what feels most natural to you — take notes with touch, pen or keyboard, or use them together and switch easily back and forth.
  • Reading and markup. The Read Mode in Word provides a modern and easy-to-navigate reading experience that automatically adjusts for large and small screens. Zoom in and out of content, stream videos within documents, view revision marks and use touch to turn pages.
  • Meetings. PowerPoint features a new Presenter View that privately shows your current and upcoming slides, presentation time, and speaker notes in a single glance. While presenting, you can zoom, mark up and navigate your slides with touch and stylus. Lync includes multiparty HD video with presentations, shared OneNote notebooks and a virtual whiteboard for collaborative brainstorming.
  • Eighty-two-inch touch-enabled displays. Conduct more engaging meetings, presentations and lessons, whether in person or virtually, with these multitouch and stylus-enabled displays from Perceptive Pixel.

While the full lineup of offerings and pricing plans will be announced in the fall, Ballmer discussed three new Office 365 subscription services. When available, each new subscription offer will include the new 2013 editions of the Office applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. In addition, subscribers will receive future rights to version upgrades as well as per-use rights across up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices. The three new editions will be the following:

  • Office 365 Home Premium — designed for families and consumers. This service also includes an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes per month.
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium — designed for small businesses. This service also includes business-grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD webconferencing.
  • Office 365 ProPlus — designed for enterprise customers who want advanced business capabilities and the flexibility to deploy and manage in the cloud.

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Getting an Idea on the Size of the Office Team

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 May 2012 01:00 Written by Mire_B Sunday, 13 May 2012 01:00

With Microsoft employing close to 100,000 people, it’s quite unclear just how many people are actually working on the company’s cash cows. Microsoft does offer approximations, and here’s one from a job post: some 2,500 engineers are responsible for in excess of 100 million lines of code that make up the Office suite, I’m guessing both desktop- and server-side, not sure about Cloud.

Software Development Engineer II, Office, 793539

Job Category: Software Engineering: Development Location: United States, WA, Redmond Job ID: 79353981160 Product: Office Division: Microsoft Office Division

The Office Engineering team is looking for developers to help us improve the way we engineer one of the largest and most complex software products on the planet.
The Office product spans client applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, server products like SharePoint, and web applications like the Office Web Apps.  There are teams working on applications that have been around for decades, and there are teams working on v1 products.  There are more than 2500 engineers working on more than a hundred million lines of code.  We are the team that brings order to this diverse set of technical work and keeps it running efficiently by developing tools and systems that scale well, are consistent, reliable, robust and easy to use.
Our mission includes creating a fully automated build system for all of Office that provides a level of service that is unparalleled anywhere else, to improve our test automation framework and to provide a foundation for all developers and testers to create robust tests that keep our product quality high, to improve all our development and test tools to reach a new level of efficiency in the day to day work of all Office engineers, to enable engineers in regional development centers around the globe to work efficiently, to improve the code quality across all Office applications and services by using tools like static code analysis, and to integrate our feedback and telemetry systems into our core engineering processes.

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Office 15 Technical Preview Available Now, Download the Beta in mid-2012

Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2012 12:09 Written by Mire_B Monday, 30 January 2012 12:09

Microsoft has started serving the first preview of the next iteration of Office with a group of select testers. Office 15 Technical Preview is currently available by invitation only, but I wouldn’t dare to speculate just how soon it will find its way to torrent trackers and other warez sites. Let’s just say that my money is on sooner rather than later, and leave it at that.

There aren’t all that many details about Office 15 Technical Preview just yet. Microsoft, in its usual fashion, is absurdly keeping all details secret until the next generation productivity suite reaches the Beta development milestone.

Office 15 Beta will be available in mid-2012, and there are reasons to rejoice, since the summer will bring with it a Public Beta.

 PJ Hough, CVP of Development, Microsoft Office Division:

This morning, we reached an important development milestone: the beginning of the “Office 15″ Technical Preview Program. Office 15 is the codename for the next generation of the Microsoft Office products and services, and the Technical Preview is the first time we share our work with a select group of customers under non-disclosure agreements. These customers play a key role in our development process by testing early builds and providing feedback, which we incorporate 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.

While the Technical Preview program is already full, everyone will have the opportunity to try the Office 15 public beta later this summer, and we’ll have more to share about the release then. In the meantime, I do want to thank everyone who is participating in the Technical Preview for their contributions and all our customers for their continued support.

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