Microsoft when officially launched the private technology preview for Office 15, the company unveiled that the new versions of Office client, Office servers and Office in the cloud will follow the suite and here what we have today, the software giant is working on a number of features and improvements for the SharePoint’s next version, called as SharePoint Online 2013, according to ZDNet.
Nothing count on here since so far these all are rumors unless and until the company make the official announcement that what it is bringing in the store for all. But, one thing which is over the top on all, the company is sighting quite high on the cloud as the company is likely to make you move over there, than whether you like the choice or not.
Here are some of the features (in ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley words) likely to be part of the release:
- SharePoint Duet: A cloud version of the Duet add-on Developed by SAP and Microsoft that allows SharePoint to integrate with SAP applications
- Support for viewing business intelligence content on Apple iPad devices
- Improved Web Apps: With the 15 release, Office Web Apps won’t be running from the SharePoint “farm.” Instead the Webified versions of Microsoft’s Office apps will run from a new Office Web Apps Server. Third party developers will be able to tie into the Office Web Apps service and provide access to documents stored in IBM FileNet, OpenText, and Oracle
- Metro user interface: Tiles in site collections will display more information when you hover your mouse over them, in a Metro-like style
- Rights Management Services (RMS): RMS is being integrated directly into SharePoint Server 15 (and Exchange Server 15), as I blogged earlier. Sounds like the same is happening with the cloud versions of these products. It seems RMS on the cloud side also might be available as an add-in or separate SKU
- Project Online: New Project site to manage lightweight projects. Microsoft officials and the company’s partners have been hinting about this one for the past year
- Visio Online: Sounds as though there will be a Visio cloud service component, too, as I hear last year, though in the tech preview it doesn’t seem to be available as a standalone entity. (Seems to be bundled with Project client)