Microsoft confirmed on its Office Blogs this week that it will release the next version of Office, Office 2016, later this year. This version will be mobile- and touch-optimized and available for free on phones and small tablets.
Office 2016 Coming
Windows 10 will offer a touch-optimized version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. The apps will be pre-installed and free on phones and smaller tablets that are running Windows 10.
Microsoft says these Office “Universal apps” will be available for the Windows 10 Technical Preview for members of the Windows Insiders program in a new build in the next few weeks.
The Outlook Mail and Calendar for Windows 10 will replace the current Mail and Calendar apps that currently run on Windows 8.1 – which is great, as those apps aren’t appealing in their present form.
Of course, we will be testing this new version of Office on Windows 10 Technical Preview and Windows Phone as they come available.