Many have been waiting on Microsoft to confirm when it is going to release the next version of its productivity suite for desktop PCs. Microsoft has confirmed that the next version will be called Office 2016. It has also said that we should expect the Office 2016 release to take place later this year.

Microsoft dominated the news cycle on January 21st as it unveiled the consumer version of Windows 10. It showed off the new web browser its building, Windows 10 for smartphones and tablets, as well as the much awaited touch-based version of Office. Microsoft also showed off an innovative product called HoloLens.

Though at the event Microsoft didn’t show off the desktop Office 2016 applications. One might have expected it to but that didn’t happen. What the company did say later through an update on the official Office blog is that it will share more regarding Office 2016 “in the coming months.”

As far as the release date is concerned Microsoft says that users should expect it to arrive “in the second half of 2015.” Presumably the Office 2016 release will be timed with Windows 10 release. The latest iteration of Microsoft’s operating system is going to be a free upgrade during the first year.

Windows 10 is going to be released later this year though Microsoft hasn’t provided an exact date as yet.

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