Earlier today, we reported information about the upcoming Microsoft Office suite for the desktop has leaked. The Verge today posted few screenshots and information about of this upcoming Office version. As per the report, Microsoft has already started sharing builds of Office Technical Preview to its partners and testers. One major feature coming in the next release is the ‘Tell Me’ feature currently found in the Office Online web apps. Today, Mary Jo Foley reported many other features that will be part of this upcoming Office release. Read the summary of it below, Microsoft updating the Power Pivot data model to a new version that will be only supported in the new version of Excel. Refresh, edit and query of files using this model, won’t be supported without the new Excel version, though users with older versions still will be able to open files. Excel users will be able to pan and ...

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, speaking at the Gartner conference in Orlando, hinted about the future of Office.  As a ‘Devices & Services’ company it only makes sense that Office would be on multiple platforms.  However, a touch optimized version of Office would likely hit Windows devices first (i.e. Surface etc) and later on to other platforms, iPad & Android tablets.  Use of Office on an iPad will most likely require an Office 365 subscription.  “Word, PowerPoint and Excel are all sort of authoring tools. They are optimized for use with keyboards and mice. The last time I checked, the iPad didn’t have a paradigm for keyboard and mice,” Ballmer said. “So iPad will be picked up when we do what I would call not just a touch-enabled but a touch-first user interface for Word, Excel and PowerPoint.” The touch-first interface of those programs “is in progress, for both Windows 8 ...

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