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November 12, 2005

Office 12 beta ready shortly

Posted by David Hunter at 2:54 PM ET.

Mary Jo Foley at eWeek:

Microsoft is expected to announce the commencement of the long-awaited Office 12 beta program possibly as soon as next week, according to testers.

But for now, it’s not clear which Office products—including a new “Office 12 for Windows Mobile” SKU—will be part of the initial test round.

On Thursday, Microsoft sent confirmation notices to the first group of testers accepted into the Office 12 Beta 1 program.

In the note, Microsoft informed the chosen technical testers that they should expect to receive the Beta 1 code, documentation and support some time in the next two to three weeks.

As for “Office 12 for Windows Mobile” goes, it’s for products like PDAs and smartphones running Windows Mobile:

Tentatively called “Office 12 for Windows Mobile,” the product will consist of viewers for Word, Excel and PowerPoint (along with some very limited editing capabilities for Word and Excel)—plus a new “OneNote Mobile” version of Microsoft’s OneNote note-taking application.

Also, for those so inclined, Jensen Harris explains how to decode Office build numbers.

Filed under Beta and CTP, Office, Office 2007, Windows Mobile

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