While Microsoft has begun to divulge details about the next version of its Windows cash cow, company officials have maintained almost total silence about the next version of its other big money-maker: Microsoft Office. So it seemed like a good time to check in with my sources and see if there was any new info on Office 14.
Here’s what is known, at this point:
- The next version of Office is codenamed Office 14
- A private Technical Adoption Program (TAP) alpha test-build of Office 14 — at least until recently — was slated for November or December 2008
- Microsoft officials have been dropping hints over the past year that Office 14 would ship in 2009
- Office 14 will include a local Office client, a server (SharePoint) and Office Web applications components
Microsoft officials are continuing to decline to comment on Office 14’s timetable or feature list. Nonetheless, there have been a few bits of information about O14 which have gone public.
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