Microsoft may have announced the Office for iOS couple of days back but now it is ready for launch in its home quarters too. As confirmed by the rumours, Office 2016 for Windows will be released on the 22nd of September.
The new version of the productivity suite went on preview as early as February while in May we saw the public release. Then in July came the Office for Mac, though knitted with 365 subscriptions. People who have a volume licensing agreement will be able to get their copy from the 1st of October.
Though not officially announced, the Office for Mac standalone suite will likely be available in September, too. Things are a bit more complicated with the new Office 365 ProPlus, the release of the suite with 365 subscriptions. While it continues to receive monthly updates in its current release, in future only one, the “Current Branch” will get the honours.
The following image shows the upgrade cycle for these branches:
A new “Current Branch for Business (CBB)” (to be released in Feb, 2016) will only receive such updates thrice a year. A second CBB (coming Jun, 2016) will come with the security updates of the Current Branch plus the security updates rolled out till then.
Office 2016 isn’t a ground-breaking update but still brings notable improvements and additions to the table. It brings real-time editing by multiple users in desktop, several new design themes, as well as a full touchscreen mode for all the applications for better support for newer Windows 10 PCs.