Microsoft is aiming to deliver its next-generation Office 16 client and server applications in the second half of calendar 2015.
General Manager of Office and Office 365 Marketing Julia White shared the latest release dates during a session at Tech Ed Barcelona on October 28.
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.
Microsoft's Ignite conference, which is its TechEd replacement show, is scheduled for the first week of May 2015 in Chicago. A couple of the keynoters at that show are executives who are working on Office. So maybe Ignite will be the launch event, with availability of the Office 16 client and server apps scheduled for shortly thereafter?
Microsoft's Office team is simultaneously working on new Office versions for a variety of operating systems while continuing to update the core Office code base. The Office team is sharing more and more core code to help it better develop, update and maintain all the different versions of Office.