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Microsoft sets Office 15 public beta for summer 2012

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 31, 2012
Microsoft announced it has kicked off a "technical preview" of the next version of its money-making Office suite and promised a public beta will ship this summer.

Office 15 refers to the numbering system Microsoft uses to identify each edition: Office 2010 on Windows and Office 2011 on the Mac, for instance, are both labeled as "Office 14." Microsoft skipped "Office 13," jumping from 12 (Office 2007) to 14 (Office 2010) to avoid the unlucky number.

Office is one of Microsoft's biggest sources of both revenue and profit: In the fourth quarter of 2011 , the Business division, which is responsible for Office, accounted for 30% of all revenues and 52% of all operating income.



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