Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer has unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office. While Microsoft appears to be preparing itself for the revealing of Windows 9 on September 30, and the release of a technical preview shortly after the reveal of Windows 9. The details about the next version of Microsoft Office are now expected to be named as Microsoft Office 16, and its own technical preview have been poured out to the Web in asserted images.
According to The Verge’s report, the contended screenshots of the all new Office 16 are from near the beginning construct being handed out to partners, and features ‘fairly minor’ changes. The report has also noted that the sources familiar with Microsoft’s Office plans have informed that it is still in the early stages of testing, like Windows 9 technical preview. The report notes that the next release of Microsoft Office will be the first of several minor updates that will be rolled out regularly, the ideal model for the now subscription-based Office 365 productivity platform.
The next release is said to feature an intuitive design that works firmly with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices that includes tablets too. The new Office is social and also unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-making meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is regularly updated. “We are taking bold steps at Microsoft,” Ballmer commented at the press conference in San Francisco. “The new, modern Office will be delivering unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8.” he added.
You will be able to see the Office Ribbon interface from previous generations with an option to enable a dark theme, for improved long duration usability in the professed Office 16 screenshots. The black theme visible in the screenshot was first actually introduced in Office 2010, and the Verge notes Microsoft had said it was the most requested feature for Office 2013. The themes will be the light grey, dark grey, white and is also expected to be in black color too.
Office will be at its best on Windows 8. You can touch everywhere and Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. New Windows applications will be represented for Office. These applications are very well designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. It is included in Windows RT. Office Home and Student 2013 RT that contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote Applications will b e included on ARM-based Windows devices including Microsoft Surface.
Other minor changes from the existing Office 365 include automatic image rotation in documents (based on image metadata), with the ability to manually rotate it afterwards; as well as new syncing options for the Outlook email client to support devices with lower storage capacities, with download options including 1 day, 3 days, 7 days, or 14 days, when the earlier minimum was one month of email.