We’ve been covering Office 15 for some time now, and have been generally receptive to its design changes. If you want a full dose of what is coming, the ever connected Paul Thurrott has a good rundown on a few of the forthcoming features that PowerPoint, Word, and OneNote 15 will contain.
His recent post on PowerPoint caught our eye, however, for a somewhat different reason. We quote: “With the industry-wide move to widescreen displays and projectors, PowerPoint 15 finally defaults to 16:9 widescreen-style presentations. And don’t worry if you’re stuck on a 4:3 display or projector: You can easily switch to this style too, of course.”
Reading tea leaves, and pulling too much conclusion from a little information can be dangerous, but is too fun to avoid. This is what we think is going on: Microsoft is marshalling all its software forces widescreen, and that means that you are never going to see Windows 8 on an iPad shaped tablet. This relatively minor PowerPoint change underscores the fact.
Instead, you are going to see tablets along the lines of what was handed out at the BUILD conference: a widescreen behemoth. Of course, if you think on the new Start Screen, that Metro’d collection of Live Tiles, it’s obvious that a widescreen display would be a pleasant method of viewing as many apps as possible.
So, our prediction is that it’s a 16:9 world from here on out for Redmond. Suck it, 4:3.