Microsoft Aiming To Launch Touch-Friendly Office 15 On Monday?

Is Microsoft planning to make yet another huge announcement? It sure seems like it. Hot on the heels of Surface, an impending launch of Windows 8 and the reveal of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft is now scheduled to launch Office 15 next week. That's according to a USA Today report, and honestly, the stakes couldn't be much higher for Microsoft. Cloud suites like Google Docs are all up on Microsoft's lawn, and there are frankly more affordable alternatives now that are being considered by consumers. The clout that Office once had is fading as people turn to the web and find alternative ways to accomplish the same thing.

Office 15, however, is expected to be a bombshell. It's supposed to tie in in a major way with Windows 8, perhaps even forking out to work with Windows Phone 8 and Surface. There will obviously be touch aspects to the new Office that weren't in prior versions, and some are suggesting that this may be the Office to upgrade to for those who have skipped the last two or three. A lot of focus will be on Office 15's cost: will it be wildly affordable? Crazy expensive? Available to operate on Windows XP? Sure looks like we'll find out more on Monday.