Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows should launch on September 22nd; the Macintosh version released in July. After this upcoming release, perpetual licenses of Office 2013 and earlier versions will be difficult to acquire legally.
Significant changes include:
- Create, open, edit, and save Cloud-based documents
- Real-time co-authoring
- New Tell Me search tool
Not so significant features include:
- Contextual-information via Insights
- Data-loss prevention
- Colorful themes
- Microsoft Windows 7 or later
- Exchange Server 2010, 2013, or the upcoming 2016
The last requirement, updating Exchange Server to support Microsoft Office 2016, will take some planning and effort and should be completed before deploying Microsoft Office 2016. Note: The Autodiscover service within Exchange Server 2010 and 2013, which has a default configuration suitable only for simple networks, may also need to be reconfigured and republished. (For example: An organization with VPN users will likely need to adjust the Autodiscover service on their Exchange Server.)
See the article Office 2016 for Windows expected to launch on September 22nd by Tom Warren of The Verge.