Microsoft Office 2016 will be seeing its release come in the second half of the year while the company announced that it would also introduce a touch-first Office suite for phones and tablets.

Microsoft is looking to improve their Office suite and start driving some additional interest in their product. The company has spent the last several months boasting and building up their Office apps for iOS, Android, and even Windows Phone, sort of – but the focus is now shifting toward Windows 10 and their next fleet of tablets, phones, and even desktops in 2015. That being said, the company introduced the Office 2016, which would become available in the second half of this year – and would be another edition of the company’s flagship Office product that has become a mainstay in the computer software space.

A little more interesting though was the introduction of Microsoft Office suite as Universal Apps, which is said to employ some differing techniques as it relates to input. Obviously, with traditional computers or laptops, input via mouse or keyboard is expected – but with more devices going “touch-first” it is about time for the office giant to create a touch-first product as well. The touch-first version of Office will be available on all tablets and smartphones running Windows 10, and will be free for those individuals as well. As for an official name, the company is calling the touch-first version of Office – “Microsoft Office for Windows 10.”

Microsoft Office for iOS iPad iPhone

It’s been said that the company is using a lot of universal code, or code that can be easily reworked throughout the entire mobile experience – whether someone is using a small smartphone, or a larger tablet. However, the company does believe that they will be installing some sort of additional features and technology for larger tablets that can essentially run a full-blown version of Office. Some have even said that from a design standpoint, as well as a coding standpoint, this newest edition to the Office family will feature a lot of similarities between Android, and iOS.

See Also: Microsoft unveils HoloLens running Windows Holographic and Surface Hub.

However, that should not come as a surprise since it is now becoming standard practice to maintain the same “look” throughout all forms of the office platform. Whether it is running on iOS, Android or Windows – the experience and look has to feel equal. Microsoft clearly understands that though since they have spent as much time as they have to ensure that the iOS and Android experiences are that of the Windows experience.

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