Feeds

Microsoft to announce new Office version on Monday

Promises 'most transformational' release ever

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is widely expected to announce details of the next version of the Microsoft Office productivity suite on Monday USA Today reports, giving the public its first glimpse of a product that has so far remained shrouded in secrecy.

Microsoft has been calling the new version "Office 15," but come Monday we'll probably know it as Office 2013, assuming Redmond sticks to convention. To date, only "a select group of customers" have had their mitts on the new suite, via a technical preview program that began in January, and then only under a strict nondisclosure agreement.

The rest of us may soon get our chance, though, as Microsoft has promised a public beta this summer. In the meantime, just what to expect of the new release is practically anyone's guess.

We know that Microsoft plans to deliver a version of Office for ARM processors running Windows RT, but we don't know whether it will share the same UI or include all of the features of the x86 version.

It's a safe bet that Redmond will continue to integrate the suite with online services as it tries to steer customers toward its Office 365 subscription offering. Blogger Mary Jo Foley says Microsoft even plans to offer something called the Office 365 Fully Packaged Product (FPP), a prepaid subscription that will be available in retail stores.

It's also likely that Microsoft will give the Office UI a makeover to help it fit better with Windows 8's new Metro look and feel, as it did with Visual Studio earlier this year – though hopefully it's learned its lesson from that experiment.

If Microsoft sticks to a previously leaked roadmap, we can expect Office 2013 to ship in March of next year, though other reports say the ARM version will come bundled with Microsoft's Surface tablet when it debuts in October.

For now, Office-watchers might want to keep their eyes on the new Office Next blog, which launched Friday. In his first post, PJ Hough, Microsoft's vice president for Office program management, gushes, "In my 18 years at Microsoft, I think this is the most transformational release I've worked on!" ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...
Why HELLO Amazon! You weren't here last time
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!
The clock is ticking louder for Windows Server 2003 R2 users
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
OpenBSD founder wants to bin buggy OpenSSL library, launches fork
One Heartbleed vuln was too many for Theo de Raadt
Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor
Leaker claims big release due this fall as Microsoft herds us into the CLOUD
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech
Grab 'near-final' version of next Enterprise Linux next week
Apple inaugurates free OS X beta program for world+dog
Prerelease software now open to anyone, not just developers – as long as you keep quiet
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.