Following no less than three leaks of Windows 8, the first bits of Office 15, Office 2010's successor, have also been leaked in the wild.
Downloads are currently available to users who know where to look on various warez distribution websites.
At the time of this article I hadn’t come across the Office 15 leak on any additional illegal sources of software downloads, such as torrent trackers.
Still, with Office 15 having leaked, it’s only a matter of time before the bits will also be posted on the world’s most popular torrent sites allowing virtually anyone with a BitTorrent client to grab them.
The leaked release of the next major iteration of Office 15 is Build 15.0.2703.1000, which belongs to the Milestone 2 (M2) stage of the development process.
Office 15 M2 is currently being dogfooded inside Microsoft, but it appears that one Build somehow made its way outside of the company.
There will be testers rushing to jump the gun when it comes down to taking Office 15 out for a spin, undoubtedly.
Early adopters should not expect all that much from Office 15 M2, especially at this phase of the development process.
Just as it is the case with Windows 8, which continues to resemble Windows 7 quite close, Office 15 too is similar to Office 2010.
Still, users will already be able to witness first-hand the evolution of the productivity suite. Microsoft has worked to revamp the graphical user interface with Metro-inspired UI elements, to overhaul some functionality, introduce new features, and even an entirely new component.
Previous Office 15 leaks, which were largely limited to just details and screenshots revealed that the software giant had built a new application into the platform, currently dubbed Moorea.
The Redmond company has yet to confirm any sort of details on Office 15, Moorea or Windows 8 for that matter.