Jul 17 2012
Proof that Office 2013 was indeed intended to be Office 2012 from a Word 2013 Preview compatibility option
So I was one of the many who watched Steve Ballmer during his webcast press event yesterday and as was heavily speculated by pretty much everyone – it was the release of Office 2013 Preview. So while watching Steve proclaim the virtues of Office 2013, I downloaded the bits – both the Office 365 cloud version (which streams installation bits everytime you start the app) and the .msi installer for Office 2013, since I’m testing it in a corporate environment against Windows Server 2012 and SharePoint 2013.
Anyhow, I began to explore the new feature set when I came upon an interesting option in Word 2013 Preview – from the File | Options menu… here’s the screenshot:
Well, as you can see, under the compatibility options, the default Word version is not Word 2013, but rather Word 2012! There isn’t even an option for Word 2013. I checked Access, Excel and PowerPoint 2013 options and couldn’t find a similar compatibility option. Note that to see this in options, you need to have an open document – even a blank one.
Now… as far as I know, there was no legitimate release of Word 2012 for any platform.
So is this a case of the Preview release having a little easter egg error in the options which reveal that Microsoft originally wanted to name (and release) Office 2012? I think so. Disagree with me ; got another opinion – comment below! 🙂
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