Microsoft has announced the launch date for the final version of Office 2016. As previously expected, the software suite will be available from 22 September, while large enterprise customers will have to wait a few days longer, until early October.
While there will be some changes for enterprise users regarding Office 365 ProPlus and the associated patch and update model, private users won't be affected by any new terms of licensing, everything will stay as it was. Just as before, Microsoft will offer a home-and-student, as well as a home-and-business version that include both a single, permanently valid license, and the Office 365 subscription. The personal version will continue to have a single license, whereas the home and student version will come with five licenses, prices will remain the same; around 10 euro per month, or 100 euro a year.
Major changes to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and co. include deeper integration of the Microsoft's OneDrive cloud service and a redesigned user interface based on Office 2016 for Mac. This is designed to a newer and simpler design, and Office will also be able to be operated more easily than before using a touchscreen - here, however, the independent Universal Apps still ought to have an advantage.
Free demo versions of Office 2016 have been available since spring.