Microsoft this week set a loose release date for its next iteration of Office on the desktop and announced that the long-awaited touch-enabled Windows apps will launch around the same time.
The touch-enabled apps will go out as a preview in February when Microsoft debuts Windows 10 for smartphones.
Office 2016, the moniker chosen for the next edition of the classic desktop suite, will launch in “the second half of 2015,” said Julie White, who heads Microsoft’s Office product management, in a Thursday blog.
The name was in line with previous labels for the bundle, which was last upgraded to Office 2013 in January of that year.
White gave little information about Office 2016, which will be the choice for Windows users who work with keyboard and mouse, other than the wide release window. It’s almost certain that Microsoft will offer a public preview of some kind, probably within the next few months, and start selling the suite at the same time it rolls out Windows 10.