Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is COMING THIS YEAR

23 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A Bunch of New Microsoft Office Apps Are Coming This Year.

First, the newest version of Microsoft’s Office software suit, named Office 2016, will arrive in the second half of 2015, the company announced Thursday. AS WE GAZE in wonder at the fancy holographic element of Windows 10, it’s easy to forget that the operating system needs to fulfil some basic functions as well if the public is going to take it to its collective bosom.Microsoft let slip a few more details of its plans for the Office productivity suite on Thursday, including hints about when we can expect the next major version of the desktop suite to arrive. Office, as with other apps, will work across every form factor from the smallest wearable (within reason) to that ridiculous oversized telly they were showing off at the Windows 10 event.

Most of the Office talk at Wednesday’s Windows 10 preview event in Redmond focused on the touch-centric Office for Windows 10 apps – the “universal apps” that Microsoft claims will run equally well on PCs, tablets, and phones. Microsoft is also rolling out separate versions of its Office apps designed for the upcoming Windows 10 operating system, which is designed to work seamlessly across various devices. Of course, this new strategy, unlike Windows 8, is not designed to be at the expense of the traditional mouse and keyboard, but rather a welcome addition.

Similarly, while Office 2013 attempted to introduce a few new controls to make the applications more touch-friendly, it was a half-hearted gesture and didn’t improve the touchscreen experience by much. When The Reg asked Microsoft what the licensing model for the new suite would be – would Office 365 subscribers get it first, or would there be a standalone, perpetual-license version at all? – we were told that more information would be available in the proverbial “coming months” and to watch the Office blogs.

Likewise, Redmond reps wouldn’t tell us what the universal Office apps might cost if you downloaded them from the Windows Store, or again, whether an Office 365 subscription would be necessary to get the full document editing experience.

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