Office 16 release targeted for second half of 2015

officeMicrosoft is aiming to deliver its next-generation Office 16 client and server applications in the second half of calendar 2015.

Julia White, general manager of Office and Office 365 marketing, shared the latest release dates during a session at Tech Ed Barcelona on Tuesday.

Microsoft officials said earlier this year that the company planned to release the next versions of Exchange Server and SharePoint Server in calendar 2015. But they didn’t specify when in 2015 those releases might happen.

At that time, the execs also declined to provide a target for the release of the next version of Lync. (Lync and Skype these days are a single team that sits separately from the other Office products.)

White confirmed that Microsoft is still planning to release both the next Office client and server apps together, rather than delivering Office 16 client apps earlier than the coming servers. So that means the Office 16 client applications will be out in the second half of 2015, too. I’d been hearing from my sources that Microsoft was aiming for a spring 2015 release for Office 16 for Windows.  More