Desktop Version of Microsoft Office 2016 Coming — In 2015

Set for release later this year, the next update to Microsoft's desktop Office suite will keep its focus on laptop and PC usability. However, the mobile Office apps being designed to work with Microsoft's much-anticipated Windows 10 operating system will deliver a distinctly touch-optimized experience.

"We are hard at work on the next release of the Office desktop suite that will be called Office 2016. (Unexpected, I know!)," Julia White, general manager for the Office Product Management team, wrote in a blog post on Thursday. "We have compelling new experiences coming as part of this Office suite," she said, adding that the update will likely become "generally available in the second half of 2015."

White's comments came one day after Microsoft hosted a preview event at its Redmond, Washington, campus for Windows 10, which is also expected to be released later this year. While Windows 10 will bring back some traditional features, such as the Start Menu that went missing with the touch-focused design of Windows 8 and 8.1, the OS will also reflect Microsoft's "mobile first" philosophy.

Cross-Device Productivity

The next, mobile-friendly iteration of Office -- described as "universal" apps -- will come free and installed on phones and small tablets that run Windows 10, White wrote in her blog post. Users with other devices will be able to download the mobile suite through the Windows Store.

Those apps will include touch-optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. Users will be able to get a closer look at them when the Windows 10 Technical Preview is released "in the coming weeks," White said.

"As 'universal' Office apps, they truly are the same app across device size, providing a consistent way for independent software vendors and developers to extend and integrate with Office apps," White added.

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Desktop Version of Microsoft Office 2016 Coming — In 2015

Set for release later this year, the next update to Microsoft's desktop Office suite will keep its focus on laptop and PC usability. However, the mobile Office apps being designed to work with Microsoft's much-anticipated Windows 10 operating system will deliver a distinctly touch-optimized experience.

"We are hard at work on the next release of the Office desktop suite that will be called Office 2016. (Unexpected, I know!)," Julia White, general manager for the Office Product Management team, wrote in a blog post on Thursday. "We have compelling new experiences coming as part of this Office suite," she said, adding that the update will likely become "generally available in the second half of 2015."

White's comments came one day after Microsoft hosted a preview event at its Redmond, Washington, campus for Windows 10, which is also expected to be released later this year. While Windows 10 will bring back some traditional features, such as the Start Menu that went missing with the touch-focused design of Windows 8 and 8.1, the OS will also reflect Microsoft's "mobile first" philosophy.

Cross-Device Productivity

The next, mobile-friendly iteration of Office -- described as "universal" apps -- will come free and installed on phones and small tablets that run Windows 10, White wrote in her blog post. Users with other devices will be able to download the mobile suite through the Windows Store.

Those apps will include touch-optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. Users will be able to get a closer look at them when the Windows 10 Technical Preview is released "in the coming weeks," White said.

"As 'universal' Office apps, they truly are the same app across device size, providing a consistent way for independent software vendors and developers to extend and integrate with Office apps," White added.

We reached out to...

Comments are closed.