Office 15: ‘Moorea’ tile-based UI screenshots leak

By Tom Warren, on 17th May 11 12:30 pm with 12 Comments

Office 15 - Moorea

Fresh Moorea screenshots leaked to the Internet on Tuesday.

Moorea” is a new application in Office 15 and appears to contain a Tile based UI. Italian blog Windows8italia posted a number of screenshots on Tuesday of the new application in action. The build, version 15.0.2703.1000, 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. Moorea is believed to be a new application that will act in a similar way to OneNote, featuring Microsoft’s Courier concept UI.

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 tile UI

  • Chun Yin

    Before anybody starts going “wow that’s crap, I won’t be using Office anymore!”, yes, these are preliminary builds, no, they are not final nor would it look like the final product.

    That said, I don’t exactly understand the purpose of this application? Is it like a ‘scrapbook’ which people can open up and dump stuff into as they are running about with their tablets?

    • Anonymous

      After the last leakes it looked like a publishing tool, but now it looks more like some sort of a desktop for office-projects to me.

      Imagine that you’re working on a project, it has a couple of Excel files, some word documents, images and a PowerPoint presentation. Then your co-worker or boss wants to look at it, and instead of sending a bunch of files you just send this one file that contains it all in a structured way.

      Or like mentioned below it can be used to make it easier to sync the projects across several computers and the cloud.

      It’s just speculation, but I do see useage scenarios for such a program,

  • Malte Ahrens

    ‘everything you need in one place’ sounds like an interesting slogan…a bit similar to the one from OneNote? - ‘One place for all your notes and information’

    I would love to see Moorea having the same back-end code as OneNote (i.e. Notebooks, sync-to-web & phone, XML-based page content, etc.) but with a great intuitive touch UI (as opposed to the mouse-based Ribbon UI)!

  • Eingoluq

    Looking at the icons on the right from the first image, the last one seems to be comments. So there is definitely some kind of sharing going on akin to the courier concept. some kind of sharing going on akin to the courier concept.

  • GP007

    I’m going to take a guess here and say this is a new central location to do basic work/tasks for use with the new tablet Win8 UI and so on?


  • Anonymous

     From what I’m seeing here, I don’t see myself using it in the future. It just doesn’t make any sense. Just looks like a niece piece of software but with zero productivity. But I’ll wait for it to launch before making final opinions.

  • Hernan Lozano

     OMGWTFBBQ i love it

  • McAkins Online

    Metro UI on a tablet is a winner! Hands down! Men MS is gonna blow them out of the waters in 2012. I’ll be buying MS stock now that they are so cheap, I am sure the money mongers will soon start to realize MS has got a solid future and start buying spree. MS own the Enterprise, they lead in Cloud by decades, now they are gonna own mobility too!

    • Sebastiaan

       hahahaha….. MS doesn’t own the server market, that’s Linux/UNIX territory. The Cloud? Amazon EC2 doesn’t run on MS Windows.

    • Debunker

      Microsoft OS’s power more than 70% of servers, and they are gaining market share at the expense of both Unix and LInux.  How is that not owning the market?

  • Justfortherecord

     whats the dealiyo with this automatic lysol BS audio commercial playing in the background it really screws up my viewing experience…. Please kill it.

  • C Brown

    I think this is the beginning of MS trying to do simple things in a gorgeous and easy way that will ensnare its customers. this is the tactic apple have used for years and it works, the amount of people that try to tell me why their Mac is better because it makes video editing/photo galleries/web browsing really easy. Regardless of my attempts to explain that their W7 can do all of the above they just didn’t buy it. If W8 without the antitrust, comes fully integrated with IE9 + Zune/Media Centre + Skype /MSN + Moorea (Office as an extra sadly). + Rest of the Windows live essentials (including security) All blended with my Xbox and WP7 Handset. Apple will have little to stand above them.