Microsoft has told its license partners and major users, that Office 2016 would be arriving later this year. It started with the March announcement and has been in preview since. On Thursday, Microsoft announced the release date, and it will be here before month end.
The new Office 2016 has been in a public preview for some months, and users have been able to test it out and report bugs back to Microsoft. With the rollout announcement starting with large companies, it means that Office 2016 will be a reality for some and some soon.
Begins September 22nd
Microsoft via its Office Blogs post on Thursday, mentioned that Office will be broadly available starting on September 22nd. Users who have a volume licensing agreement will also be able to download it starting October 1st, from the Licensing Service Center.
Microsoft has made it easier to update to Office 2016 who use Office 365 ProPlus, and has outlined the procedure in its blog post. The initial current branch will launch on September 22nd, and have all of the new Office 2016 app updates included.
Better Business Tools and Roadshows Planned
Microsoft is making the Office 2016 upgrade path easier on businesses, and doing it via a Current Branch for Business approach. They are also helping IT professionals with easier deployment methods, support for data loss prevention, and multi-factor authentication controls.
Microsoft is also going to be doing two-day roadshows for IT professionals, and show them Office topics and Azure + Windows demonstrations. They will be bringing top engineers from their campus to these shows, and be eager to answer questions for the Office 2016 installation for companies.
Office 2016 will be here soon. It’s mainly for businesses at first, but it will be a big improvement for many, and worth it for businesses and enterprises.