Latest Office 15 screenshots hint at new tile based “Moorea” app

By Tom Warren, on 18th Apr 11 3:42 pm with 16 Comments

Another round of Office 15 screenshots leaked on Monday, hinting at a new Tile based “Moorea” application.

“Moorea” is a new application in Office 15 and appears to contain a Tile based UI. Italian blog winbeta.it posted a number of screenshots on Monday of the new application in action. The build, version 15.0.2714.1001, contains the new “Moorea” application. Microsoft describes the app as “everything you need in one place” according to a splash screen. “Mooera” allows users to add documents, pictures and text into the app as tiles of content. Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet speculates that the application may be a OneNote+1 app that was first featured in Microsoft’s Courier concept videos.

It’s unclear exactly what Moorea is and how Microsoft plans to implement it across Tablet and desktop devices. However, Microsoft’s Metro based UI for Outlook leaked fully over the weekend, following the first Office 15 screenshots in early March. The early Outlook screenshots revealed also revealed that Microsoft is implementing a Metro UI across its next Office product. The screenshots also reveal a more flattened user interface within Outlook. Microsoft’s Outlook UI no longer seems cluttered and provides users with direct access to their mail in a simple and yet familiar way. Microsoft’s Metro design language is an internal code name for a typography-based design languages created and used by the company. Microsoft originally started using Metro in Media Center and showcased a full version in the company’s Zune products. Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7, also features the Metro look and feel throughout. Microsoft has started to use the Metro UI on more of its web properties to produce a clean, fast and simple look.

It was recently revealed that Office 15 had reached the Milestone 2 phase of development. Little is known about the new features included in Office 15 but WinRumors understands Microsoft is planning an improved meeting system and OWA enhancements for the next generation of Office. The company is seeking to employ an Outlook software development engineer at its corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington. “We are now going to take OWA to the next level and build the next generation clients for desktop and the latest mobile and slate devices,” said a recent the job listing. “The next generation client will include world class messaging, contacts, calendaring and social collaboration for both enterprise and cloud, and will use the latest in web technology.”

Microsoft is expected to deliver Office 15 in 2012.

Office 15 - Moorea application

  • http://www.andrew-stockdale.co.uk Andrew Stockdale

    This is win. I’m still sad about the loss of Courier, but the way things are shaping up, we’re looking to have ARM powered Windows 8 slates with full Office, designed properly for touch and the form factor, and all consistently decorated in Metro. I’ll take that over a Courier.

    • Tom

      I’d still like a Courier. Two screens are better than one.

      But I’ll settle for an ARM-based Windows tablet.

    • M_Lyons10

      Yeah, and it seems like a lot of the work they put into Courier is making its way into Windows, so maybe we can have a Courier like tablet when Windows 8 comes out… The productivity tools of the Courier were unmatched (At least at the planning stages)…

  • http://www.malteahrens.com Malte Ahrens

    It’s nice and refreshing to see a Microsoft Office application (if the screenshots are true…) that does not follow the evolutionary, business-centric approach like most of the other Office applications, e.g. the ribbon in a program like OneNote 2010 as opposed to a more tablet friendly UI like InkSeine / the Courier.

    The screenshots almost look like |Canvas for OneNote by Office Live Labs| ( http://www.addictivetips.com/microsoft-office/canvas-add-on-for-onenote-2007-and-2010/ ). Maybe its a new way of navigating OneNote suited to touch as opposed to keyboard/mouse?

  • Dfhdf

    Microsoft is indeed preparing for the big hit of ARM based windows / touch optimized invasion, by then its impossible for Google to catch up already. I can see Android 3.0 honeycomb was “rushed” too, in just within a few months and quite limited.

  • http://twitter.com/kenobeano Keno Butler

    liking this!…. cant wait to give it a go! jus as long as the transitions are gonna be fluent (im assuming there will be fading and sliding etc..)

  • Anonymous

    Could it be that this is some sort of publishing that a newspaper or magazine can use to create magazines customized for tablets?

  • http://twitter.com/tonycubed Tony

    Messaging? Are they going to take on BBM or something?

    • Syrious

      Windows Live Messenger more than likely

    • Tom

      “Messaging” in this context probably refers simply to email.

    • Guest

      Windows Live Messenger and Lync interoperate. You can add buddies from both clouds. Messenger is consumer, Lync is enterprise.

  • Syrious

    looks like the Zune interface, I’m liking it, I agree with Malte, getting away from the traditional toolbar and searchbox interface will be a nice change.

  • Anonymous

    This can turn out very interesting.

  • Mister Twister

    If Microsoft could pull all of these products it will be an epic win!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/timrfox Tim

    YES encarta is back!

  • Anonymous

    “everything you need in one place” … seems to be something that MS has been trying to perfect for some time now.