It's the thing to do these days in order to stay ahead.
Microsoft has already started planning for Office 15, which will be the version after Office 2010 (the fourteenth iteration of Office).
Such forward and advanced planning isn't uncommon. In fact, Microsoft is already at work on Windows 8, which it hopes to ship in 2012.
Ars Technica spotted a post on the Microsoft Access Team Blog titled, "Access 15 and SQL Server" with the following message: "Hello everyone! As Office 2010 nears shipping, we are starting to plan Office 15. One area that we are considering improving is our SQL Server support. Based on what I've heard from the community, that would be most welcome. Note that we are very early in planning, and considering many possible areas of investment, I unfortunately can't commit to any actual improvements at this time."
The final shipping name of the product likely won't be Office 15, as the previous versions 2003, 2007 and the upcoming 2010, are named after their release years. Of course, with no committed release frame yet, we'll be referring to it as Office 15 for some time to come.
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