A senior Microsoft executive has hinted that Project and Visio would be added to Microsoft’s Office 365 productivity suite, said Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley on IT news site ZDNet.
Foley spoke to Microsoft business solutions corporate vice president Michael Park at the vendor’s Worldwide Partner Conference in the US where Park told her that Project and Visio would be released as “add-ons” that could be bought with a single click when “ordering” Office 365.
Microsoft representatives contacted Foley to deny the news and instead said that the reference was to on-premise software sales of the two products.
However, Foley spoke to several Microsoft partners at the conference who maintained that Microsoft did intend to add Project and Visio services to Office 365 at some point.
“Several partners said they had heard word of the coming Project add-on, and one said he also had heard talk of a Microsoft-hosted Visio service. The partners said they believed a launch of Project Online and Visio Online would likely be timed to arrive with its Office 15 wave,” Foley wrote.
“Office 15 – the next version of Microsoft’s client and server Office wares – is expected by many to be a late 2012 or early 2013 release,” Foley added.
The Office 365 suite was launched in late June and centred on the SharePoint, Exchange and Lync platforms. CRM Dynamics Online and PC maintenance tool Windows InTune were tipped as the next two products to join the suite.