The current desktop version for Windows users is Office 2013, which has been released in October 2012. And now it seems that Microsoft is ready to release the final version of Office 2016 for Windows users, after it has pushed live the preview for Mac users last month.
German website WinFuture reports that Office 2016 for Windows users is set for a release on September 22nd for home and professional users. Probably Microsoft tried hard to make Office 2016 available in the same time as Windows 10, but it seems that there was still work to be done in development.
The final version for desktop Windows users is said to come with theme that’s identical to the latest Mac, iOS, and Android apps. Microsoft is looking to make the user experience as similar as possible across all platforms, so it’s going to look quite familiar with the Windows 10 touch-optimized versions of Office, as well.
According to internal documents obtained by WinFuture.de, Microsoft is already preparing the staff for the event. Here’s how the internal memo sounds like:
On September 22, 2015, we’ll release Office 2016 — with updates for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, Project, Visio, Access, and Publisher. The innovation wave continues in Q2 with the release of E5 and Skype for Business, and on-premise servers will follow. This is the central hub for all Office 2016 Commercial readiness, training, and marketing materials. Mark this page and check back frequently, as we will be releasing new materials, weekly, to support the launch.
Office 2015 also comes with a dark theme and brings a number of improvements, such as upgrade Outlook 2016 search, attachments, storage footprint, email delivery performance, alongside some improvements to image insertion in Word 2016 and Excel 2016. The Word app has been updated with real-time co-authoring within the desktop version of Office 2016, as well.