Microsoft resurrect MEC as they debut Exchange 15 for Windows 8.
Microsoft have announced MEC 2012 in September, and have confirmed Exchange 15 will be shown
MIcrosoft is holding an exchange-focused conference in September 2012, bringing back MEC – the Microsoft Exchange Conference – in conjunction.
The conference specifically takes place September 24-26 in Orlando, Florida at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. The blog post also outlines what can be expected from Exchange 15, which will go into beta during the summer:
• There will be information on Exchange 15 directly from the engineering team
• There will be opportunities for a hands-on
• “Preview amazing new products from select vendors”
As to what we know about Exchange 15 … well, not much. Information about the tech demo has not been leaked at the moment. We just know it’ll be going into beta later this summer alongside other Office 15 products, ahead of a likely Windows 8 launch in Q4.
ZDNet report that their sources have heard Office 15 will be launching this November, which will line up alongside a Window 8 launch. Microsoft haven’t provided an official launch date for Office 15, though have said all of their Office products – for clients, servers and services – will be “kept in sync” in terms of timing.
MECisback.com is the place to go if potential attendees want to reserve their spot. Note: this is a conference about Exchange. Don’t expect anything other than Exchange.
Earlier this year, on January 30, Microsoft began its technical preview of Office 15 products ahead of the public beta in the summer. When asked, the company shared little information on the release-to-manufacturing date, or whether there would be version of Windows 8 for ARM.
There was also no comment on the Office for iPad rumour which The Daily reported last year, which Microsoft has gone ahead with and is set to release late this year apparently. Despite ZDNet hearing from multiple sources the iPad version will release this year also, there is a possibility it will release at the end of 2012. As a result there is an internal discussion over whether to called the package “Office 2012” or “Office 2013.” ZDNet speculates it will be called 2013 if launched late.