Microsoft is ready to release details of the new and redesigned version of Office. The latter, by the way, is a real cash cow and selling licenses for Windows packaged with the Office suite is huge money. However, lately the package, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, has been under intense pressure with the rivals introducing products aimed at taking away its market share.
Office 15 is promised to appear in the shops next year and features a lot of software attachments into Windows 8. However, the developers have been a little quiet about what will be under the bonnet. The experts point out that to do well Microsoft has to knock out any attempt by Google to push its competing Google Docs suite, as well as both Open Office and Libre Office that offer a free version of something very similar. Apple is expecting that people would ignore functionality and forces businesses try to tap 20,000 word reports and spreadsheets on iPad software. The company has somehow managed to keep Office and Google Docs off the iPad – «just in case”.
Overall, Office is responsible for $22.2 billion of the software giant’s nearly $70 billion in fiscal 2011 revenue, or $14.1 billion of operating income, by far the most of any unit. That’s why in case of Office 15 failure virtually every part of the company will suffer.
The official information about the new Office is prepared to be released, but the rumors are abound that Office 15 might enable editing of Adobe PDF documents and have a lot of mobile functions to get onto more devices. Of course, it is expected that the new Office will play nicely with Surface tablets and connect the software into the company’s free Internet-accessible services. In addition, it will be more touch friendly. The rest will be revealed soon enough.