Microsoft Office 15, SharePoint 15: Early 2013
Microsoft expects to release version 15 of Microsoft Office and SharePoint in early 13. That's according to informational charts Microsoft released to partners, which Microsoft reporter Mary Jo Foley discusses in an article on her All About Microsoft blog.
The documents are a bit dated, originating from Dec. 22, 2011, and lack details about the arrival of Windows 8 and Windows Server 8. However, Microsoft did confirm to Foley that charts were given to partners and show "forward-looking information." The essential information that Foley gleaned from those documents is as follows:
- Internet Explorer 10: General availability trend ranging from June 2012 to early 2013. Currently, IE 10 is released at the Windows 8 "consumer preview" beta stage.
- Microsoft Office "15", SharePoint "15" and Exchange "15": General availability expected in early 2013.
- Project "15" and Visio "15": General availability expected in early 2013.
- Office 365: Service Update 3 arriving before June. The current Service Update 2 was released approximately in late February or March. It looks like Microsoft will have released a total of five service updates before year's end.
Foley fills in a few other details in her article, but some of the charts are rather ambiguous. For instance, Microsoft's charts show a general availability in late 2012 for Windows Phone "future investments." Foley thinks this date represents the Windows Phone 8 release, code-named "Apollo."
Microsoft hasn't confirmed the existence of "Apollo," but Foley's list of features includes multicore processor support, "removable microSD card storage" and "native BitLocker encryption and Secure Boot," among other features.
Experts at the Directions on Microsoft consultancy expect to see Windows Azure updates this month associated with the Microsoft Management Summit, which kicks off on Tuesday. The consultancy also expects to see a cloud-based version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV emerge sometime in the second half of this year, among other predictions.
Microsoft will talk about "private clouds" and the "world of connected devices" in its Tuesday and Wednesday keynote talks at the Microsoft Management Summit. The event is sold out, but the keynotes will be streamed live and can be accessed via this link.
In other roadmap news, Microsoft has quietly extended the "mainstream" support date of Microsoft Office 2007 by six months to Oct. 9, 2012 (it was supposed to end this month). Office 2007 will exit "extended" support on Oct. 10, 2017, as shown in this Microsoft table. Windows Vista fell out of mainstream support earlier this month.
Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.