Microsoft announced the official launch date for new version of Microsoft Office 2016

After demoing Office tailored for iPad Pro at Apple Event, Microsoft has announced that the Windows version of the productivity suite will launch on September 22

Microsoft announced this morning the official launch date for the long-anticipated new version of Microsoft Office. Office 2016 will be broadly available starting on September 22, the company says. Meanwhile, Office Customers with volume licensing agreementswill be able to download the software on October 1.

Alongside the announcement of the launch date, Microsoft noted a few other new features and options for IT admins and businesses looking to deploy the software.

While Office 2016 doesn’t bring any significant changes onboard there are some incremental changes which will offer more options to the core strength of Office. The most talked about feature being the ability to do real-time editing by multiple people right from the desktop app.

Microsoft has added dark theme and colorful theme option. There are new charts being introduced with Excel app. Microsoft is also adding support for Data Loss Prevention and Multi-factor Authentication across the Office 2016 apps.

For starters, the company noted that Office 365 ProPlus customers who are paying for the subscription version of Office for companies, will also receive the “Current Branch” – meaning the most up-to-date feature release and security updates – on September 22. This release will also include the new Office 2106 app updates.

But based on customer feedback, Microsoft says it’s introducing a new update model called “Current Branch for Business,” which will offer three cumulative feature updates per year, while continuing to offer monthly security updates. This is designed for organizations that want to test new releases of Office 2016 before rolling out the new features, a Microsoft blog post explains.

 The company says it’s also addressing other Office 365 ProPlus IT requests with this release, including deployment through Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to help control network traffic when deploying updates, as well as the introduction of new reports on Office activation and usage. Plus, Office 2016 is getting support for Data Loss Prevention, Multi-factor Authentication and more.
Microsoft had rolled out Office 2016 Public Preview in the month of March. Microsoft is also announcing new tools for enterprises that help them manage and deploy Office 365.


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