Microsoft started seeding its Office 15 technical preview to a select few partners earlier this year to get it ready for public consumption, and The Verge managed to get a sneak peek at some of the software's new features. As you could expect, it will get a dose of Microsoft's Metro interface, which is going to be on Windows 8 and currently on Windows Phone. Office 15 also has a cleaner interface and touch mode to make browsing documents and presentations as easy on a tablet as it is on a desktop PC.
Word improvements consist of improvements like double-click to zoom, smoother scrolling, video embeds and the ability to share documents online through a browser. Excel received some formatting controls and chart animations, among other improvements PowerPoint has made it easier to drop Excel charts into presentations without futzing with formatting. Outlook now has weather forecasts built in, in-line replies, and greater multiple email account support OneNote received improved tables support.
It appears that Microsoft is making a comeback against its open source competitors.