Metro possibly coming to Microsoft Office in Windows 8
Yes we know that Windows 8 is absolutely fantastic, and very revolutionary. Yes we also know that Windows 7 still exists underneath, and that doesn’t look quite as inviting as Windows 8, nor does it look as touch friendly. Well that might all be changing soon, as screenshots have recently leaked of the next version of Microsoft Outlook (Office Outlook 15), and it’s looking very Metro UI (the same interface with the tiles as in Windows 8). If this is what Microsoft Outlook looks like in the near (or distant) future, then not only does look like the most inviting and touch friendly version of Outlook, but you can be sure the other Microsoft Office programs can’t be far behind (such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.).
Well at least that’s the hope in this case, because we really like the look of Outlook in that screenshot despite the fact half the screen is blurred out. There’s obviously a lot of work to be done, and we’d like to see Microsoft move in this direction with anything that we currently use on Windows 7, just like they have started to do with Windows Live. Or more to the point, we’d like to move away from Windows 7 (not that there’s anything wrong with it) completely and really use a brand new, Re-imaged Windows Operating System. This obviously fits in with what Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said recently at a financial analysts meeting “You ought to expect that we are rethinking and working hard on what it would mean to do Office Metro style” when asked about Office for Windows 8 with Metro.
Microsoft is currently keeping mum on what they aim to do with Office on Windows 8, and with good reason as Windows 8 will be their biggest change to an Operating System ever (bigger than Windows 95 in our opinion). Obviously Microsoft could go the way of how Apple have with their Office equivalent, by making it minimalistic and basic to allow users to edit and create documents on the go, with nothing but your fingers, without a mouse or keyboard. We feel it would be great if they had to option to choose the simpler version of Office if you have a touch tablet with Windows 8, or the more deluxe version if you used a Mouse and Keyboard. Either that or differentiate Office for Tablets and Desktops, because at the end of the day programs like Excel could be difficult to operate on a tablet. We’ve tried it on current Windows 7 tablet, and the experience is frankly – horrifying.
Nevertheless, we know that with Windows 8 at least 8 months to 12 months away, we can expect many more changes in the coming months, changes that should redefine the Office Experience for Windows 8. And that can only end well for us users. And frankly we wouldn’t be surprised either, as Microsoft seems to be on a way way train to success.