Microsoft’s slow drip of information about the release of its new business productivity software continues. Over the past six months there have been a number of leaks around SharePoint, for example, as well as Office 15.With the latter, the wait could be over as there are reports that Office 15 will be going into beta this week.

Office 15 This Week?

It won’t exactly be a surprise if it does, as when it released a technical preview in January, Microsoft indicated that it would be going to beta in the summer. Well the summer has arrived (if not the good weather) and we’re still waiting for the beta.

According to the tech blog, citing exclusive sources, the release is due later this week, although with the July 4th holiday falling halfway through the week, it would make more sense to release it next week.

Either way, the release will be soon and worth a closer look when it happens. Personally, it would be far more interesting to get a look at SharePoint 15, so we’re hoping there’ll be a few more "leaks" on this before the year is out.

As to the functionality in Office 15, we do know a bit about it already. We have already speculated that it is likely to support HTML5 and JavaScript code in documents, running under the code name "Agave." These will enable coders to create solutions to work with both data and the Office interface to build apps.

In the blog entry announcing the technical preview, Microsoft also announced:

With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio. Quite simply, Office 15 will help people work, collaborate, and communicate smarter and faster than ever before."

PDF Editor

But is also reporting that it will offer users the ability to convert a PDF document into a word document and edit the content.

Learning Opportunities

This will be possible, according to the leaked information, with the same ease that users can currently transform Word docs into PDFs. It also says that it will work best with text-based documents, and that there may not be a perfect page correspondence between the two. Apparently, you can even bookmark a spot and come back to the same spot when you re-open the document.

Hopefully, all will be revealed later in the week, but in the meantime, if you want to have a look at a video Microsoft released earlier in the year, check it out below.