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Jul 10, 2012

Office 2013 Beta Might Have Been Delayed

Among the various details it shared with the audience at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Microsoft let slip only few of them about the upcoming Office 2013 suite.

In fact, the Redmond-based software giant made no info official on the upcoming product, but said that additional details on the matter would be released later this summer. According to MakingWindowsEasy, this could mean only one thing, namely that the company has pushed the release of Office 2013 beta to a later date than originally targeted. Some of the previous reports on the matter suggested that we might get a taste of the pre-release flavor of Microsoft’s new Office suite as soon as this week, or sometime in July. However, it appears that Office 2013, code-named “Office 15″ is not yet ready for a public beta, and that we’ll have to wait a bit longer before Microsoft decides it can be pushed to users. Only select testers have been provided with a technology preview version of the application in January this year, but the rest of the world was left in the dark regarding the new product.

Multiple leaks on the matter showed some of the new features and capabilities that Microsoft could be set to include inside Office 2013, such as the ability to edit PDF files, deeper integration with SkyDrive and a new interface, heavily influenced by the Metro design philosophy in Windows 8. Throughout the application, users will also observe a series of optimizations meant to provide better usage capabilities when it comes to touchscreen-enabled devices. Microsoft hasn’t provided info on when the new productivity suite will become commercially available, yet rumor has it that this could happen sometime in the beginning of the next year. More info on the matter will certainly emerge when the public beta is released in several weeks’ time, so stay tuned.

Microsoft Office 2013 logo
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