Post launching Windows 10 at its launch event yesterday, Microsoft has today announced that the next iteration of its Office suite will be called Office 2016, and will be released in the second half of this year.

So what to expect ? Well, you already know that, don’t you ? Apart from delivering an advanced version of the usual Word, Power point, Excel and other Office apps, Microsoft has particularly stressed towards a more enhanced touch-input experience for users with touch screen devices.

As for the desktops, this suite will remain the comprehensive Office experience you’re long familiar with, best suited for a PC with keyboard and mouse. If you wish to have a closer look at the upcoming Office suite, you can probably read our post about certain leaked screenshots, here.

Microsoft is hence building out a set of apps, targeted specifically towards its ‘touch and mobile-first’ agenda. Announcing the same via a blog post, Microsoft said,

Over the past 12 months, you’ve seen us reimagine the traditional Office experience for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. The next step in this journey is the delivery of touch and mobile optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook for Windows 10.

The new apps will be free for smaller Windows10 devices, in-line with Microsoft’s yesterday’s announcements of providing a free upgrade to Windows 10 post a one-year period, to certain set of Windows 8 and other Windows OS devices.

As for the newly christened Office for Windows 10 apps, here are certain screenshots :

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