One of the two big themes at PDC05 was Office 12 which had its debut in the Bill Gates keynote on Tuesday and then cropped up throughout the week. A recap of key points:
- Numero uno was the new user interface planned for Office 12 which was highlighted in the keynote. There are many large screenshots in the Office 12 section of the PDC05 image gallery and a video with the Office UI team at Channel 9. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and the authoring part of Outlook will get the revamp and there will be no “Classic” mode. There’s more at the Office 12 preview site and Jensen Harris busts a few UI myths.
Also important but less likely to get big press:
- Office 12 Servers: the details were only hinted at, but
Sinofsky told show attendees that, in terms of the company’s Office 12 server investments, “Windows SharePoint Services is the core platform element we build on.”
And Mike Fitzmaurice has a laundry list of features for SharePoint 3.0 (also Windows Sharepoint Services or WSS).