As had been earlier hinted, Microsoft will finally be making public the next version of its productivity software suite, Office, to users of its Windows operating system on September 22nd. Users of Office 365 Home and Personal will be able to download and install the update on that date from office.com or wait till October 1st for the automatic update. Microsoft’s Office volume licensing clients also get it on October 1st.
So as to take care of its enterprise clients who would prefer to comprehensively test new updates before organization-wide deployment, Microsoft is introducing Current Branch for Business which provides Office feature updates tri-annually instead of the quick-fire updates that regular customers get every month. Only security updates get released to businesses every month under this arrangement.
Office 2016 is already available to users of Apple’s MacOS X and has been under testing for the Windows platform for a while now.
Office 2016 brings with it several improvements including the ability to collaborate on documents, spreadsheets and presentations in realtime with colleagues as well as new themes. The Office apps, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and others are also expected to be fully touch-enabled from the get-go.