Microsoft confirmed on September 22, 2015 a “broadly available” launch date for the new Office 2016 for Windows.
This comes after many months of iteration, with the software first available in to users in private preview, followed by developers and IT pros. While Office 2016 has technically been open to anyone via a public preview since May, September 22 is when Microsoft will give its omnipresent word-processing software the final stamp of approval.
So what’s new? There are a number of key updates to look out for in the latest version, including collaborative co-editing features which have been available to Office Online users for a while. This allows multiple desktop users to work on documents at the same time and see all updates in real-time.
Office 2016 for Windows will simplify the process of syncing documents from the desktop to the cloud, making it easier to edit the same document on multiple devices. Microsoft’s cloud credentials are a specific focus for chief executive Satya Nadella, who announced back in June that creating “the intelligent cloud platform” was to be one of Microsoft’s three key investments.
It’s also worth noting that Microsoft Office for Mac has been widely available since July 2015, though it has been tethered to an Office 365 subscription. Microsoft did say that a standalone version of the software would be available for purchase in September, though its latest announcement doesn’t refer to Mac specifically. But it is safe to assume that, from September 22, Office 2016 will gradually be made available to users on all platforms.