Microsoft’s Office 15 Milestone 2 development build leaked to the web on Wednesday.
The early build of Office 15 showed up on several file sharing and torrent sites. The build, 15.0.2703.1000, includes Microsoft’s tile-based Moorea application. “Mooera” allows users to add documents, pictures and text into the app as tiles of content. Moorea is believed to be a new application that will act in a similar way to OneNote, featuring Microsoft’s Courier concept UI.
Microsoft’s Metro based UI for Outlook leaked fully recently, following the first Office 15 screenshots in early March. The early Outlook screenshots 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.
Thanks to UltraWindows for the screenshot