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Microsoft Office logo goes Metro, hints at 2013 release for Office 15

Microsoft Office logo goes Metro, hints at 2013 release for Office 15


Microsoft's Office 15 logo goes Metro, like its Windows 8 counterpart.

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Microsoft has revealed very little about Office 15, its next-generation Office suite, but Chinese site cnBeta says the beta version, due in the summer, will include a Metro logo like its Windows 8 counterpart. We already know that Office 15 will feature some Metro elements, but will remain a desktop application instead of the new Windows 8 Metro style apps. The logo change would appear to fall inline with the company's broad adoption of Metro across its various products and services.

cnBeta's image also references a "2013 Preview" installer, indicating that Microsoft's Office 15 codename may eventually lead to a final name of Microsoft Office 2013. Microsoft is currently preparing a beta release of Office 15, with a promise that it will arrive over the summer. Early builds of Office 15 include a number of improvements and enhancements across each core application, with a Reading Mode and fullscreen feature designed to flatten areas for easier touch navigation. The company is widely expected to deliver a beta of the software later this month, following six months of Technical Preview testing with external testers under non-disclosure agreements.