Microsoft Office 2013 Release Date: July 16th
July 13, 2012 in Microsoft by
Microsoft’s core engine of profit – selling licenses for Windows systems packaged with the Office suite that features Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint – is under intense pressure as competitors unveil products created to take away market share.
Microsoft Office 2013 (also called Office 2013 and codenamed Office 15) is planned to be available early next year, bristling with hooks into Windows 8, the latest upgrade of Microsoft’s operating system software, which will be generally available in October, according to several sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans. They declined to speak on the record because they were not authorized to discuss details. Microsoft declined to comment.
Although no official word has been spoken with regards to its public unveiling, USAToday reported:
Microsoft plans Monday to unveil software features crafted to jazz up Office 15, the next big upgrade of its ubiquitous suite of office-productivity programs, industry sources say.
The new version of Microsoft Office is a big deal for the software giant. Microsoft makes a huge amount of its revenue off Office 2013. July 16 will be this coming Monday, and if this rumor proves to be true this will be the first official public unveiling of the software.
Office 2013 is expected to launch by the end of 2012. Windows 8 is expected in October.
Microsoft has revealed that Office 2013 will be included on all Windows RT devices, including its own Microsoft Surface tablet. The regular Windows version of Office 2013 may not be released in its final form until the first quarter of 2013, a few months behind the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT.
Office 2013 sports a revamped application interface; the interface is based on Metro, the user interface design language of Microsoft. Microsoft Outlook has received the most pronounced changes so far; for example, the Metro interface provides a new visualization for scheduled tasks. PowerPoint will include more templates and transition effects, and OneNote will include a new splash screen.
Microsoft has promised support for Office Open XML Strict starting with version 15, a format Microsoft has submitted to the ISO for interoperability with other office suites, and to aid adoption in the public sector.