So is it real? Is Office NGO really a sneak-peak at Office .NET? It's hard to say, and though some UI inconsistencies have me thinking that this is an April Fools prank, I will say this: If it is fake, it's the most elaborate fake I've ever seen. Let's take a look.
The Office NGO animation
Here is a complete run-down of the demonstration animation. For the most part, a voiceover simply reads the text that is presented onscreen, but in cases where this isn't the case, I note what's being said underneath individual images.
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instant messaging alert.
Jim Adams over at Vibrant Logic tells me that they had links up for the original Shockwave animation but Microsoft requested that they remove the "unauthorized release of an MS concept piece," indicating that the Office NGO work shown here is indeed real.
On to Part Two...
In part two of the animation, Microsoft purportedly discusses the subscription software options it is considering for Office NGO. Go to part two...