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Microsoft at BUILD today showed off an early demo of they’re upcoming version of Microsoft Office specifically designed for Windows 8.1, the new “Modern” version of Office built for WinRT. Next-generation Office apps will run in Microsoft’s “Modern” mode on Windows 8.1 and Windows RT, allowing Microsoft to enable a touch-first user experience for Windows 8.1 customers for the first time.
In the demo, Microsoft showed off an early pre-beta version of Microsoft PowerPoint. The UI was immediately familiar to anybody who’s ever used PowerPoint in the past, greatly resembling both PowerPoint 2013 and the newly released PowerPoint for iOS.
While no new features or functionality was shown during the demonstration, PowerPoint for WinRT did appear to work just about as well as PowerPoint for iOS, meaning Microsoft’s upcoming Office suite for Windows devices should be at least as impressive as the version they released on Apple’s tablet OS.
The real thing
Well, the rumors are true – Microsoft has today, at long last, officially announced the real the real deal – Microsoft Office is coming to iPad. Office general manager Julia White officially revealed a fully featured version of Microsoft Office completely native to the iPad.
Office for iPad will require Office 365 in order to be fully functional, and will include Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. While the apps themselves will be free on the App Store, they will only be able to read documents rather than create and edit them – only paying Office 365 customers will get to take full advantage of the Microsoft Office experience on iPad.
Office for iPad will be available on the App Store today at 2 PM EST / 11 AM PST.
I must be dreaming
Back in 1981, IBM released the very first x86 PC, a standard that is still in use to this day. Powering that little system was an OS written by a then-small Microsoft known to the world as IBM DOS, later renamed to MS-DOS when the clone PCs started coming in.
Today, Microsoft is much larger and IBM no longer makes x86 PCs, but the source code to MS-DOS still lives on within the halls of Redmond. And now it can live on outside of those halls, as Microsoft has released the source code to the public. That’s right, Microsoft themselves are giving away the source code to one of their biggest products back in the day. The source code is being kept in the care of the Computer History Museum in California and as typical for their source code releases, the site is currently down.
Not only have they released the source code to MS-DOS, they’ve also dug up another gem – the source code to Word for Windows 1.1a. Don’t expect too much from this version of Word, as it was originally sold in 1989 as a Windows 2.0 application. Still, it’s out there now and like the MS-DOS source, is under the care of the Computer History Museum.
Despite the fact that both of these releases are well over 20 years old, it’s still something to be happy about since Microsoft themselves gave the thumbs up to release it.
Development has begun
Thorsten Hübschen, Business Group Leader at Microsoft Germany has just confirmed in a presentation today that Microsoft is indeed working on a brand new version of Microsoft Office for Mac, which is apparently currently in the midst of development. Microsoft has been lagging behind Office development on the Mac platform since the release of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, to date the latest version of the popular office suite to hit the platform.
Hübschen told the crowd that “while I don’t have details to share on timing, when it’s available, Office 365 subscribers will automatically get the next Office for Mac at no additional cost,” confirming the continued value of Office 365 for Mac users.
Unfortunately, she had little to say in regards to specific new features or functionality for the Office suite. Many have complained of apparent incompatibilities between the Mac version of Microsoft Office and the Windows version, however compatibility and interoperability does remain strong across the platforms, especially when compared to Office compatibility support between iWork and Microsoft Office.
Everything but your @gmail.com address gets moved
Microsoft’s Outlook web mail service is trying to lure Gmail users away with new IMAP services. Basically, if you’ve set up Gmail in any email program like Thunderbird or Office Outlook, you know that the program downloads all of your mail and labels and stores them locally. That’s basically what this new Outlook.com tool does, only it downloads all of your mail and stores them on Outlook.com servers.
In addition to the above, Microsoft has also recently added support for Google Talk right into Outlook.com so anyone bound to those services can still use them even though they’re still Google’s services.
Microsoft has just released their long awaited Office for Android mobile suite today, following up on the footsteps of their Office for iOS mobile suite released earlier this summer. Office for Android obviously has a lot in common with its iOS counterpart; the UI is essentially a carbon copy of the iOS version, which in and of itself was obviously directly inspired by Office for Windows Phone.
Just like the iOS version, Office for Android (unfortunately) requires an Office 365 subscription to work; those of you who just buy Office outright for a one time fee minus all those crazy web services are once again being left in the dust. What’s worse, Microsoft has opted not to support Android tablets, which is really where a product like this would make the most sense. Microsoft is confirming that there are no plans for a future tablet version of Office for Android despite the fact that Office for iOS has full iPad support.
Like Microsoft’s other Office mobile suites, Office for Android has extremely limited editing functionality, making this more of a reader then a writer, so to speak. If you’re looking for a full blown Office suite shrunk down for smartphones you’ll be sorely disappointed here. Still, Office for Android does what it was designed to do fairly well, and is free of charge if you happen to have that required Office 365 subscription. And hey, if you don’t, what are you waiting for – this is a cloudy world we all live in, and now’s never been a better time to start embracing it.
The writing on the walls appears to be getting more clear and more frequent, as plans for Microsoft’s next version of their Office suite, codenamed “Gemini”, have begun to spread online like wildfire. According to some new reports, Microsoft’s “Gemini” update aims to bring the world’s most popular office suite to the tablet era with versions for Windows 8 “Metro”, iOS, and Android being developed concurrently.
Among the new tablet applications will also include updates developed specifically to take leverage of new Windows 8.1 (previously codenamed “Blue”) technologies. Microsoft is reportedly hoping to have the Windows 8 part of “Gemini” ready for a public preview by this year’s BUILD conference, where the new Office Metro applications will be showcased for the very first time.
iOS and Android users will reportedly have to wait a bit longer to get their fair share of an Office fix as Microsoft is reportedly not planning on announcing or releasing these versions of “Gemini” until late 2014 at the earliest. Microsoft might also be planning on releasing an updated Office for Mac suite sometime in 2014, which would make sense given their past release schedules, however we have nothing specific to report on that at the moment.
The lynchpin of Microsoft's future enterprise plans for RT
When Microsoft announced that Windows RT would be launching with a complete package of Microsoft Office 2013 included totally free of charge there was much rejoicing in the streets. That excitement quickly turned tepid when news broke that Windows RT’s Office package would be anything but complete – lacking valuable features such as macro support, a bundled license for business use, and – most notably – Outlook 2013, Office 2013 for Windows RT would only tell half of the tale that Office 2013 for Windows x86 would.
If you were among the disappointed, get ready – today’s rumor indicates that Microsoft, in an effort to make Windows RT more appealing to the enterprise crowd that desperately needs to be won over, is planning on launching Outlook 2013 for Windows RT sometime this year.
Sources inside Microsoft has apparently told ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley that the entirety of the Office 2013 suite has been compiled for Windows RT‘s ARM based architecture; the applications are apparently just waiting for Microsoft to pull the trigger. It’s not clear whether or not Microsoft is planning on offering these applications in a free update to Windows RT, though it would make sense considering Microsoft’s promise to bundle Office 2013 with Windows RT – and Outlook is most certainly a crucial part of Office. That said, WinSuperSite’s Paul Thurrott has apparently heard that Microsoft is considering releasing the apps as part of a paid subscription to Office, a la Office 365.
Microsoft could be waiting for the release of Windows 8.1, previously called Windows “Blue”, to release their updated office suite for Windows RT. Windows 8.1 will presumably arrive on the RT platform concurrently with the x86 release later this year.
Microsoft Office Codename 'Gemini'
The Windows team isn’t the only team inside Microsoft to start shifting to a yearly update schedule. The Office team is committing to a two-year update wave codenamed “Gemini.” The first wave will coincide with the release of the Windows Blue wave and will feature updates to Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint.
What will this wave have in store for Office? Will we see release of full-Metro office that rides on the Windows Runtime? Or will it just be an update to Office that brings better touch capabilities? Whatever the case is, the Gemini update wave will help bring updates to the Office suite more frequently.
Dismisses one of the most important cloud services ever
Steve Ballmer has never been one to mince words, famously laughing at the Apple iPhone back in 2007 just as Microsoft’s own Windows Mobile 6 line of products was about to take a nosedive into irrelevance. It appears Mr. Ballmer hasn’t learnt from his past mistakes, as he shrugged off Dropbox and called it “a little startup” in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Dropbox, of course, is one of the most important and functional cloud services to have ever existed.
In fact, one could argue that the entirety of Skydrive, one of Microsoft’s own cloud products, would not exist in its current implementation if it weren’t for the success of Dropbox. Still, Ballmer claimed that Dropbox’s 100 million users accounted for a “pretty small number” when compared to users of Microsoft’s own Office product.
Still, the fact remains that – in my experience – when you’re having casual conversation with people on the streets, you’re much more likely to find that they use Dropbox than Skydrive. So perhaps Ballmer should learn not to throw stones while living in his house made of very, very thin glass.
Move to the cloud
…you can’t have a physical copy of it. In the United States, United Kingdom and other developed countries, there will be no physical media produced for Office 2013. You can still walk down to your favorite brick-and-mortar computer store and buy a boxed copy of Office 2013, but you will only find a keycode that allows you to download the software online.
This move is most likely part of Microsoft’s new yearly subscription model where they want you to upgrade to the latest every year. It’s also a sign of the times; most everyone in the United States has some sort of high-speed broadband connection where downloading a 2-3GB installer is actually feasible, to the point where physical media does not have to be produced.
Other, less developed countries without major Internet infrastructures will continue to get Office in physical DVD form, meaning that although some countries are at a DVD-free point, others aren’t.
I don’t know about you, but I rather like having physical installation media. I think there’s just something to be said about software you can hold in your hands.
Source: The Verge
The latest and greatest for the average consumer
Do you want the latest and greatest but don’t have an MSDN/TechNet subscription or you don’t work for a company that has Software Assurance? I hope you have some money then, because Office 2013 officially launches January 29th.
Pricing and SKUs have been announced: Home & Student will cost $139 and Home & Business will cost $219 for a single license. Office Professional was not mentioned, so we presume that will be MSDN/TechNet and Software Assurance only.
Also with the launch of Office 2013 comes the final build of Office 365, which will cost $8.33 per user per month. We also presume that the final build of Office 2013 for Windows RT will be made available for download then as well.