Microsoft s next generation productivity suite Office 16 won t be arriving anytime soon. At its TechEd event, Julia White, General Manager of Office and Office 365 Marketing revealed that Microsoft is planning to release both the next Office client and server apps together in the second half of 2015. Also Read - Windows 11 Installation: How to download and install Windows 11 Preview betaAlso Read - Your Window PC can now run Android apps
Previously it was rumored that Microsoft would be releasing the next iteration to its productivity suite in Spring of 2015, but it is going to take more time than that. As ZDNet reports, Microsoft has already rolled out a build of its Technical Preview to select beta testers. It is also expected to release a Technical Preview of Office to public before the year closes. Also Read - How to upgrade from Windows 7/ Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 for free
The alleged screenshots, build, and features of Office 16 are already known to users. But what s more interesting is that Microsoft is also planning to update the Office suite on OS X platform. Recently, leaked photos of what was claimed to be the new version of Outlook (which is a part of Office 16) for Mac surfaced onto a Chinese website CNbeta. Microsoft is also expected to release Office for Android devices, though according to a report, that could happen as early as next month.
Microsoft is adding several new features to Office 16, including digital assistant Tell Me, black theme, getting started feature to Visio among others as seen in the leaks. The rumored touch-first/Metro-Style Office apps for Windows is yet to be seen. The company will also be releasing the next versions of Exchange Server and SharePoint Server next year.