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.