Microsoft Preps September 22nd PC Launch For Office 2016

A new version of Microsoft's popular productivity suite is nearing release for Windows users. Yes, we're talking about Office 2016, which incidentally was released to the Mac OS X platform early last month, ending a nearly five-year drought (prior to Office 2016, the last Office release for Mac was in 2011).

Citing a source "close to Microsoft," German-language website says that Office 2016 is scheduled to launch for Windows exactly four weeks from today on September 22. The forthcoming launch will cover home and professional users, with a SKU for enterprise users coming at a later date.

Office 2016

"On September 22, 2015, we'll release Office 2016 -- with updates for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, Project, Visio, Access, and Publisher," Microsoft purportedly stated in a leaked launch note. "The innovation wave continues in Q2 with the release of E5 and Skype for Business, and on-premise servers will follow."

Office 2016 is a desktop release, though it will tap into the cloud to offer users real-time co-authoring capabilities, an important feature upgrade as cloud-based alternatives like Google Docs continue to improve.

Office 2016 Systems

Microsoft is including a colorful new theme in Office 2016 similar to what you see on the Mac, iOS, and Android app versions. There will also be a darker theme for those looking for something a little different, The Verge notes.

Pricing has not yet been announced, though as a point of reference, Office Home & Student 2013 runs $140, Office Home & Business 2013 runs $220, and Office Professional 2013 runs $400.