Microsoft Office 2016 now available to download [Update]

Although Office 2016 has already been available to Mac users since July, Windows users had to settle for a preview version, or wait until today when the suite will finally roll out to Office 365 subscribers.

To grab the bits, all you need to do is login to and then navigate to My account where you will be prompted to install the new Office, upon clicking install, a 2.75mb web installer will download and the rest is taken care of by the installer.

The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher all come fully touch enabled and full of new features. The most exciting new feature being talked about is the real-time collaboration that Word is gaining, which will bring the killer feature from Google Apps to Office. In addition, Excel gains the ability to convert handwriting directly into equations, further offering a boost in efficiency for Office users.

The progress that Office 2016 has made has been well documented, and is a major milestone for Microsoft, given its position as the leading developer of productivity-oriented software.

Volume License customers will be able to download the bits starting on October 1st.

Update: Office 2016 is now also available on MSDN.

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