Office 15 Technical Preview, Visual Studio Beta, Windows 8 Customer Preview


2012 is going to be an exciting year where you can expect that your cheese will be moved if you are a Microsoft customer. There hasn’t been any word about release planning, roadmaps or whenever what bits will be available to you. What we do know is that a couple of weeks ago the Office Team started their Technical Preview program (, The Customer Preview for Windows 8 is mentioned to be released next week the 29th of February and today Jason Zanders, corporate vice president for the Visual Studio team in the Developer Division at Microsoft, announced in his blog Sneak Preview of Visual Studio 11 and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta the release of the beta for the 29th of Februari next week as well!

If you ask me, but who am I, we are heading to a BIG BANG this year. Will we see a year where for the first time most major Microsoft products will be released in a new version, Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Visual Studio, TFS, Windows (client and server) -and- SQL Server all in the same year?

Man, all engines are running full speed in Redmond, that’s for sure!

About Maarten van Stam
I'm a Software Engineer, working at one of the top 3 accounting firms. Technology watcher, always looking for news and trends on technology. Received 16 Microsoft MVP Awards.. "My work is my hobby/my hobby is my work" - so you can find me almost at any time near a computer. If I'm not there it's most likely that I spend my time with my family - wife (undisclosed ;-) ), daughter (19) and son (17).

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