Microsoft has confirmed that a full Office 2016 application suite for the Windows desktop will ship this year, in addition to the universal apps shown off at the Windows 10 event this week.
Windows 10 is set to run across desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, and Microsoft showed off a set of 'universal' Office apps earlier this week that will similarly run across the whole range of devices.
These Office apps will be pre-installed on phones and small tablets running Windows 10, and made available to download from the Windows Store for other devices, Microsoft said.
The Office universal apps are due to be available when Microsoft delivers an updated Windows 10 Technical Preview release in the next few weeks, and general availability is slated for later this year.
However, these apps appear to be similar to the existing mobile apps that Microsoft has already released for Apple's iPad and in preview for Android tablets.
These are free to download, but are restricted in functionality and require a subscription to Microsoft's Office 365 online service to create and edit documents.
Thankfully, Microsoft has reassured business and professional users that it will continue to offer a full desktop suite.
Julia White, general manager for the Office product management team at Microsoft, confirmed in a posting on the company's Office blog that an updated Office suite will ship this year.
"Simultaneously, we are hard at work on the next release of the Office desktop suite that will be called Office 2016," she said.
"We will have more to share on Office 2016 in the coming months, but this suite will remain the comprehensive Office experience you're long familiar with, best suited for a PC with keyboard and mouse."
Microsoft has given away few details regarding what we can expect in this new version of Office, but it is likely to be similar to the applications that shipped as part of the Office 2013 suite.
These were the first to feature a touch-optimised user interface, and were partly tied to Office 365 so that subscribers could download the apps direct to a PC.
The Office 2013 applications also run only on versions of Windows 7 and later.
Microsoft has not indicated which versions of Windows Office 2016 will support, but has indicated that it wants to encourage as many people as possible to upgrade to Windows 10.
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