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PJ Hough, Corporate Vice President of Program Management, Microsoft Office Division
Welcome to the Office Next blog. I'm really excited to kick off this conversation and connect you with the engineers who are building future releases of Office—here, they'll discuss the improvements we make, the designs we choose and the data and feedback that inform our decisions.
Back in January, I announced the technical preview of the next generation of all our Microsoft Office products and services. As we work to bring these new products to you, we do extensive testing within Microsoft and with customers. This testing helps us find and fix problems, and feedback from customers helps us fine tune our products to their work styles. When they use early versions of our products and services on their turf, we learn a ton about how to evolve them to best support the ways people work. This input helps us continue to deliver the best Office experience.
Of course, while I love feedback that lets us improve something, it's fantastic to hear feedback about things that are already working great. Throughout our technical preview program, I got some comments from our customers worth sharing:
"You guys have made some amazing, amazing changes in this round of Office" -Susan Driever, mother and PTA board member
"The look and the style of the apps is just so fluid" -Mike Riess, student
"I love how well it integrates with Windows 8" -Aaress Lawless, small business owner
I can't wait to share more about the new Office. In my 18 years at Microsoft, I think this is the most transformational release I've worked on!
Stay tuned for more early comments from customers who have enjoyed a sneak peak of some of our new products and services- you'll be seeing what they have to say on Twitter at @office and via #officepreview. Add this blog to your RSS feeds and be sure to check back here.
Sorry for making this a reply but the comment system has a broken button on firefox and chrome.
I think powerpoint needs the most work as currently it is a tool that is only sufficient for either b-grade or minimalistic work without significant time investment. My primary concern is that right now powerpoint is only really good for static slides. A few things that would help are:
1. Revamp the animation timeline editor for more precision and usability
2. Easier ways to embed dynamic content like youtube videos, flash objects, portions of html 5 webpages.....
3. The ability to hide dynamic content and its controls when they're not needed
4. A tool to easily create kinetic typography
5. Invisible "trigger" objects designed to work with touch screens for increased integration with smart-boards and equivalent products used in the classroom
6. Native support for various "clickers" to make polling a room much easier and transparent
7. Make almost every property on objects keyframable and the resulting curves accessible and editable
9. Easier to discover and configure hotkeys
10. More levels of control for the mac versions of office. In windows you can set the animation length to whatever you want but on mac you can only set them to "slow", "medium", "fast", or "very fast."
I have more wishes for powerpoint but those are my top feature requests.
tl;dr, MAKE DYNAMIC AND KINETIC CONTENT BETTER!
Hello everyone I am pretty excited to test office 2013, the new metro along with Windows 8 concept and touch screens, a perfect wedding.I hope a version July 16 day publishes, with deeper testing and discover technological innovations
I am glad we are going to see the new version of Office finally. We have been patient for the last 3 years since a new version so I can only imagine a ton of new features. Actually not sure what can be improved so expectations are high. Many of my customers won't upgrade sadly because they skip versions because of the cost. Make it cheaper and easier to license and maybe we will see some uptake. Else we will be stuck with 2007 and 2010 for a long while to come. BTW who is Gray Knowlton, does PJ have a ghost writer?
I'd love to see some information on what's happening with InfoPath. There's plenty of leaked information on the net about Word, Excel, Outlook and OneNote, but nothing on InfoPath. We've made fairly touch-friendly InfoPath forms for end users to use on tablets with Windows 7 but I'd like to see what's in store for InfoPath + Metro in Win 8 (if anything) :)
Sorry here as well (for the reply) - the blog has a bug on FireFox ... the "Post" button is missing
I have also some suggestions on getting language support a little better.
The things that disturb my work and bother me about Office right now are:
1) In PowerPoint it is not possible to do a Ctrl+A and change the language so that it would affect all slides and all objects with text at once (or at least all objects of a slide!). Currently I have to go through all elements and do it manually.
2) The most commonly used languages (in a drop-box, for instance) should have a quick access button (would be nice if I could configure, which languages I use...). Going all the way to Review->Language->Language Preferences and then finding the right one (as the most common ones somehow change all the time) is painful and takes a lot of time (if I use mostly two, a list of hundreds of languages is kinda messy as well).
3) If two elements containing text have different languages, the language icon in the bottom line (status bar?) disappears, which renders it useless in many cases and requires to go the long way...
4) A global button for language settings (or an option that makes language configuration totally independent of keyboard layout and locality settings within a document) that ignores system's local settings and the keyword layout (or changes the keyword layout if it is different to the user's specified one for the document!) would be useful. For instance, if I write a document in English, but my keyboard layout is set to Latvian, I have to change the language of every newly created PowerPoint element (in Outlook this also would be handy as the language handling in Outlook is as messy as in PowerPoint ... which is strange) because PowerPoint (regardless of default settings in PowerPoint) sets the element's language to Latvian by default. A global button that overrides the locality settings would be, therefore, helpful.
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Thank you all for the comments!
My role on this blog is editor. I'll do most of the posting, mainly because I'm fussy about how they look :). In most cases we'll have a preamble to introduce a post, in this case we just wanted to give PJ the floor, he is the author of the post.
We'll work to get your questions answered as best we can throughout the day. The submit / post button issue for Firefox should be addressed now, I have not tested it in Chrome.
Over the course of the next few days and weeks, individual product teams will update their blogs with specifics for their individual products, and on this blog we'll drill deeply into some of the critical investment areas of the release. Stay tuned to http://blogs.office.com/ for details.
Vía Jeremy Thake , y como complemento al post de Luis , os dejo una serie de enlaces para comenzar a
Why isn't there a preview for Access?
Just got the new Office 15 preview, and I love it so far, great work!
I really like the new style comments in Word, the way you can reply to comments, and mark as "Done", and the fact that you can now add comments using select and right-click.
But WHY can you still not add comments to footnotes? I am a developer for Shabash Ltd, and we write software that, among other things, automatically adds comments to text that needs correcting. We have to do really ugly and unsatisfactory workarounds for footnotes, because you can't add comments to footnotes, and it's THE most frustrating thing about Word for us. PLEASE can you improve this? Or let me know if there's a reason it can't be done?
Installation went smooth, no problems so far - but why did you change the Outlook icon color to blue from yellow?
Any chance to get a german language pack or at least a german spell checker for the Office preview?