While Microsoft has spent most of the last year focusing on Office for mobile devices like iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets, the company has been working in the background on the next major version of Office for desktops. It’s called Office 2016, and it’s launching sometime in the second half of this year.
In a blog post, Microsoft Office Product Management general manager Julia White said, “We will have more to share on Office 2016 in the coming months, but this suite will remain the comprehensive Office experience you’re long familiar with, best suited for a PC with keyboard and mouse.”
So far very little has been revealed about what the suite of apps will look like, but you can bet they’ll fit in with the Windows 10 look and feel, although, confusingly, they’ll be distinct from the universal apps called Office for Windows 10. White says Office 2016 will offer “fantastic new set of Office experiences,” but declines to detail any of them.
If the suite is set to launch in the next 12 months, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about them before too long.