At its Windows 10 event yesterday, Microsoft unveiled more about the touch-optimized version of Office. Today, the company posted more details about that version, and then snuck in another announcement: the next desktop version is under development, it is called Office 2016, and it will be generally available “in the second half of 2015.”
Office 2016, previously referred to as Office 16 (a coincidence, as Office 15 was Office 2013), is coming right on schedule. The last three versions of the productivity software all released about three years apart, as their names indicate: Office 2007, Office 2010, and Office 2013.
Microsoft says it will have more to share on Office 2016 “in the coming months.” Despite the touch-version, Office 2016 “will remain the comprehensive Office experience you’re long familiar with, best suited for a PC with keyboard and mouse,” Microsoft explains.
Microsoft did not reveal any of the features of Office 2016. That said, screenshots and early builds have been leaking since at least September, so the new version has hardly been a secret. The news today is mainly a formality that Office 2013 will be succeeded by Office 2016.
Office for Windows 10 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook) is also slated for later this year, though Microsoft has shared more about it and plans to offer a preview in the coming weeks. That said, the company today also released official screenshots of these touch-optimized versions, so in case you missed the quick demo yesterday, here they are:
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