Office 15

Office 15, the next iteration of Office, has been made available to selected partners via the Technical Preview program.

That in itself is fairly unremarkable (for more info read the official announcement on the Office Blog) but there is something in the blog that seems to have gone widely un-noticed by most places.

“With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio.”

This means that presumably this year (though no evidence of a release date anywhere) there will be an update to their entire Office product line and their supporting server applications, so Exchange, SharePoint, Lync Servers 2012? I’m not sure if this is brave, clever or really stupid. Time will tell I suppose. In the mean time I’m pretty keen to get my hands on the product, here’s hoping the Preview is open to a wider audience soon!