Microsoft office 15 or Microsoft Office 2012 is very much in progress. The next Office version might hit the markets by end of 2012.
As we know that Office 2010 Closed preview and Beta launches are done already and it’s very much official as well that Microsoft Office 2010 application suite will start selling to individuals and businesses by June 2010.
But what’s utterly surprising, even for us, is the fact that Microsoft has already started working on the successor of Office 2010, currently referred as Microsoft Office 15.
Now when Office 2010 is yet to make its way to the market, hearing about in-progress successor sounds a little too advanced but then, it’s Microsoft’s second most popular product suite and second most profitable as well so you can expect it anyways.
Another reason for such an advanced development is the fact that Google is in full mood to drift away as many MS Office users as possible towards Cloud based Google Docs, an immature competitor to Office product suite till date.
Update: Enterprises who’re looking for a cloud based solution for daily work productivity needs can now avail Microsoft Office 365 services on a per-user subscription basis.
Taking the reference from past Office releases, our guess is that Microsoft Office 15 may hit the market somewhere in mid 2013. That’s still some three and a half years from now so there’s no need to bother about it right now.
Right now, more important stuff to know is that Office 2010 Beta has hit a milestone ! There are now over 1 million Beta testers of Office 2010, since its release two weeks back. This is, by far the highest number of Office beta testers ever achieved in just two weeks taking account of early Office beta releases.
Looks like excitement is building up for Office 2010 as we are approaching the year 2010 !