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updated 12:05 pm EDT, Thu April 12, 2012

Microsoft software roadmap from December leaked

Microsoft has begun sending out a roadmap that shows some details about its future software products such as Office 15, Internet Explorer 10, and Windows Phone to some of its partners. One of them, CEO of Meetroo Maarten Visser, shared part of it over Twitter, revealing said details. Dated December 22, 2011, the images weren't password-protected. Considering the date, the Windows roadmap doesn't mention anything past the Developer Preview and certainly not the Consumer Preview that launched on February 29.

According to the roadmap, Internet Explorer 10 could be out very soon. The preview build was out since June and is long overdue for an update. The orange bar is different from the square on the map, suggesting flexibility. It's estimated to be out mid-year, based on precedence, likely at the same time as a near-final Windows 8 Release Candidate.

Office 15 programs are indicated to be out in the early part of 2013. The early, beta date was rumored earlier to be November of this year, so the early 2013 general availability sounds plausible.

The roadmap doesn't mention Lync Server 15, opting instead to mention Lync Online. Sources have said it's still coming, though may be behind the rest of the online Office 365 services such as Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.

Windows Phone's next major update is marked for late 2012, though which version it references isn't known. This is likely to be Apollo, or Windows Phone 8, as this lines up with other rumors.

Otherwise, Silverlight isn't mentioned past last December's launch of Silverlight 5, so this could mean it's no longer in development. Visual Studio 11 with Windows 8 support is on track to come out in the latter part of the year.

SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse along with an online transaction processing (OLTP) appliance from HP running SQL Server 2012 are both indicated to come out during the second half of the year.

A codenamed Antares project, likely to become IIS 8.0, should be out mid-year. The software is the company's Web hosting framework for Azure and on-premises Windows Servers.

It should be noted that the older document may no longer reflect current, revised launch dates, however. [via ZDNet]

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