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Report: Microsoft to show off new Office suite on Monday

We know that Microsoft will be shipping Windows 8 by late October, but it looks like the Redmond-based company might also be teasing us with a new version of Office as early as Monday.

According to a report by USA Today's Byron Acohido, Microsoft will be unveiling the new software suite, dubbed Office 15, on that day. Acohido writes that "several sources familiar with Microsoft's plans" claim that Office 15 should be available early next year and take advantage of Windows 8 features.

(Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal)

It's been a couple of years since we last saw new versions of Microsoft's popular software suite — Office 2010 for Windows and Office for Mac 2011 — so we'll definitely be keeping our eyes open on Monday, to see if CEO Steve Ballmer does indeed show off the latest Office. In the meantime, we'll quietly wonder whether superstition is preventing the suite from being dubbed Office '13.

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