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Microsoft unveils Office 15 Metro design look and feel

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Microsoft demonstrates its next-generation version of Office, codenamed Office 15.

Office 15
Office 15

Microsoft revealed the finer details of its Windows 8 ARM edition today, but the company also unveiled the look and feel of its next-generation Office experience. The software giant casually demonstrated beta copies of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote during a preview video of its Windows 8 ARM work. Office 15 includes a flatter look and feel, based on the company's Metro design language. The applications are desktop ones, not the new Metro style that Microsoft is creating for Windows 8.

In the screenshots below, you can see how Microsoft has included more white space, and uses fewer lines in an effort to focus on content. The ribbon menu appears to be removed or hidden in the demonstration, hinting that Microsoft may be moving away from this user experience for Office 15. The company didn't reveal any additional details today but it's clear that Office 15 is visually different from its predecessor, Office 2010.