It’s silly season in the SharePoint community, with rumors flying faster than bullets. There is the odd nugget of information that proves more interesting than others, including one post I found during my weekend searches.
MVP Ruben Alonso published a blog post about being accepted into the Office 15 TAP program, stating that he couldn’t post any screenshots due to the NDA. However, according to the post (previously available at http://www.windowstecnico.com/archive/2012/02/01/office-15-beta-privada-en-microsoft-connect.aspx), and assuming Google translate isn’t playing too many tricks on me, Office 15 is both expected to be released by the end of 2012, it will be named either Office 2012 or Office 2013, and it is definitely “very prepared for a visual interface integrated into Windows 8 Metro”.
Of course, we know from the original announcement about the program that Microsoft will do a massive release including servers and clients for a range of products including SharePoint. That means, if Mr. Alonso is correct, that SharePoint 2013 will release this year and be named either SharePoint 2012 or SharePoint 2013.
I have previously posted my thoughts on the naming thing in a blog post called “Could SharePoint 2013 be SharePoint 2012” and I have elaborated further on the topic in the first issue of my USP Journal series (which is now available, free of charge). In short, I doubt that Microsoft would use the 2012 moniker because it will be released too late in the year to get the marketing effect of being ‘new’.
PS: I’m starting a mini-series here on the new SharePoint 2013 Marketplace today. A great place to follow along is through my RSS feed.
PPS: As always, assume everything you read about SharePoint 15/2013 is unreliable at this point, but I thought it worth mentioning.
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