Office “15″ full Outlook Metro UI screenshot leaks

By Tom Warren, on 16th Apr 11 1:01 am with 42 Comments

Microsoft’s next-generation Office has been overhauled to include several Metro UI elements.

The first Office 15 screenshots began to leak in early March, and some early Outlook screenshots revealed that Microsoft is implementing a Metro UI across its next Office product. The Hot Fix has uncovered a new build of Office 15 which includes further Metro styling. Outlook has been overhauled to include a number of Metro inspired elements.

Office Outlook 15 Metro UI

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.”

ZDNets’ Mary Jo Foley recently attended a day-long “Future of Productivity” event for press and analysts on January 28. Microsoft Business Division President Kurt DelBene spent a brief period speaking about Offfice 15, the next generation of Microsoft Office. “We don’t think we’ve covered all the bases,” said DelBene.”We’re always looking for what new productivity experiences” customers want.” DelBene said that “new applications will join the Office family as a result.”

Foley speculates that a new “meeting” application may be on the short list for Office 15. DelBene said “We have a major investment around making meetings great.” He noted that Microsoft has done work on every phase of meetings — from Outlook invitations, to notetaking (with OneNote), to broadcasting (with some of the new features in PowerPoint 2010). “I could see those pieced together over time,” DelBene told attendees of the Future of Productivity event.

Microsoft is believed to be readying Office 15 for the 2012 time-frame.


    this is what I call beautiful

  • IAmTheNinja

    Holy this looks nice! I was wondering how they were going to swing the Metro design in the Office suite. Something this nice was NOT expected. *Hope it’s real*

    • JohnCz

      Great to see Metro design having such profound influence on product teams everywhere at Microsoft. For something that I run non-stop, visual appeal is greatly appreciated. I’m looking forward to seeing how this might translate to a improved OneNote experience.

    • Anonymous

      It’s strange. Looks like you lose so much space?

    • hynchrstn

      it is call celebrating white space, it is not wasting, it is their aim to looking more space

    • Anonymous

      Still it gives me a feeling that some space is lost and could be used differently. Don’t know :p But something doesn’t feel right to me.

    • hynchrstn

      I understand if you associate white color with lack of something, opposite of exist thing. But you could try to consider white space in equal strong with the content itself so therefore we see a visual balance

  • Sebastian Gorgon

    OMG. Speechless

  • AlienSix

    Bring on the Metro Suite!!!

  • Koki_v3

    wow, that actually looks very nice!

  • Anonymous

    beautiful i love it :D

  • Anonymous

    I really like it — looks similar to the Zune software, with some modifications that are definitely for the better. My only problem is the current size of the minimize, maximize and close buttons. They’re way too small on the Zune software, and it looks like they’ll again be too small here.

  • Mark

    Looks good. And nice to see that MS is aiming for consistency not just in the OS but across Apps as well.

    • Anonymous

      Good comment. I also appreciate the fact that they’re going the same direction for all their apps. Because they all look so different and apart at the moment. Consistent app design is always great.

  • martin anderson

    Shame none of the leaked shots show things at 100% size. Also would be nice to have taken a screenshot with mock emails, so there would be no reason to blur. But other than those minor gripes, it is looking very nice!

    I do wonder if/how this next version of Office will support the Immersive tablet UI, and if the office team, is going to factor Windows Phone support and WP Office apps, in this version, like document sync, and more functionality with the phone apps.

  • Tim Smith

    That looks bad ass. Love the Zune interface. Almost looks good enough to make me use Outlook at home again………………..almost.

  • Anonymous

    Unbelievably beautiful. Please be real.

  • Quentin Calvez

    Love where this is going, hope they’re doing the same with the Windows 8 Explorer ^^

  • trashoner

    i might actually switch to this from windows live mail

    • WixosTrix

      I have a strong feeling the next wave of Windows Live applications is going to follow suit. Windows Live is going to be the heart of Windows 8 and I’m sure the apps will be incredibly integrated. Outlook should only be used if you’re using it with an Exchange server.

  • Pradeep

    I think its just a concept.. You can find similar images of Windows Live Essentials here,

    • Tom W

      It’s not just concept no…

    • Pradeeplive

      saw some images on neowin which proves its real. Hopefully Windows Live Essentials too turns metro.

  • Anonymous

    What an awful time to be considering a new laptop. : (

  • Keno Butler

    This is gorgeous, a few tweaks and it should be next to perfect, just hope it isn’t limited to right click mouse gestures like the zune software… also hope that its light weight like the current 2010 office version

  • Eingoluq

    My only concern is the number of apps microsoft currently has to handle calendars, tasks and mail.
    Outlook should be the only application and a light version should be available for live users.

    • George S

      Not in my opinion, Live Mail is more suited for me. I tried Outlook and never used it longer than a day.

    • Eingoluq

      Ok, but Live mail dont integrate with OneNote the way Outlook does.

  • Josè Daniel

    Holy Mother of GUI!

  • GP007

    Real or not I have to upgrade off of Office 2k7 soon.

  • Tom Servo

    Wouldn’t be surprised if they try to coincide the release with Windows 8, to have both their latest premium softwares mix and match their user interfaces.

  • Alexandru Pricop

    I really hope the Metro UI will be used the 2nd UI after Aero UI, like Metro UI will be used by users with low graphic cards while the Aero will remain the same.

  • Anonymous

    I hope they don’t get rid of the ribbon though.. I mean this looks pleasing to the eye and great for using basic features but I need easy access to a lot of features in Outlook. I would rather be productive than pretty!

  • McAkins Online

    All nice MS, all nice! But please make it Finger friendly. We want to give our office the finger! :-))

  • McAkins Online

    All nice MS, all nice! But please make it Finger friendly. We want to give our office the finger! :-))

  • McAkins Online

    This just came up in me:

    In the begining there was MediaCenter, and MediaCenter begat Zune, and Zune begat Metro, and Metro grew strong and bold, and conquer the world of his brethren!

    Go Metro, go razzle-dazzle the world! Its about time!

  • Anonymous

    Good stuff!

  • Simone Basso

    Right, where is the ribbon? isn’t Microsoft trying to ribbonize Win8? why would they remove the ribbon from the only product that uses it?
    don’t get it… true, metro is more touch friendly, so they are going to make 2 UI for each product… nuts or a good bet?

    • Anonymous

      From what I understood, they want the start bar to be the ribbon for every application, and change according to what application you are using. Or maybe they decided against using any ribbon at all.

  • Tonious

    The Metop UI saves a lot of ram, thereby faster processes. no more fancy icons. every real estate counts. results do matter, in a clean way…

  • Nathan Laan

    I hope this isn’t just a concept UI. I love Metro, and it would be a great fit for many Office applications.

  • reviewdevs

    I see this working for tablets but with some tweaks here there. Like the sidebar would need bigger text to work and the bottom bar with slider needs to go but over all the UI I see can be used with a tablet. I’m serious Metro is so awesome, you could use it on multiple form factors without changing the interface much.