Microsoft has finally announced the official launch date of its productivity suite, Office 2016 for Windows. It will be available to download starting from September 22, the company said in its blog post. And for customers who have licensing agreements, they can download it from October 1 via the Volume Licensing Service Center.
Back in February, Microsoft had launched the public beta preview that came with new features such as improved real-time collaborative editing and OneDrive attachments in Outlook. While these features have been available for Office Online for quite a while now, they will now be integrated in the native desktop apps.
Along with the launch date announcement, Microsoft also mentioned about new features and options that it is looking forward to deploy for IT admins and businesses. For starters, businesses who have subscribed for Office 365 ProPlus, will get the “Current Branch”, meaning the latest features and security updates on September 22. However, the update model will deliver only three feature updates every year along with the monthly security updates.
The blog post also mentioned that the company will also be addressing other Office 365 ProPlus IT requests by deploying updates through Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to help control the network traffic. It will also be introducing new reports about Office activation and usage. That’s not all; Office 2016 will also be getting support for multi-factor authentication and data loss prevention among others.