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Expert believes new Office products expected will be available in 2012

by | Dec 30, 2011

This was a successful year for Microsoft and its line of consumer-based products, but ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley recently predicted several trends to take place in 2012 regarding the Redmond-based company.

According to the writer, new versions of popular products, such as SharePoint, Lync and Exchange are currently in development for the next Office platform. These updates should be released at some point before the end of 2012, with a public beta testing available by mid-year, she said.

“Next to nothing has leaked, in terms of new features coming with the next wave of server releases, but it’s a safe bet that some of the enhancements in their cloud counterparts that aren’t already in the on-prem versions could find their way into the Office 2012 servers,” wrote Foley.

Businesses worldwide have experienced the potential of Microsoft products, especially SharePoint. According to a recent Financial Times report by Paul Taylor, French-based multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis adopted the software to shift from paper-based processes to a digital model. The news provider indicated the switch will help the business save $9 million in the near future.