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Microsoft launching Office 2016 on Sep. 22; Office iPad apps updated

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Sep 10 2015
By: Eric Jhonsa, SA News Editor

The latest major update to Microsoft’s (MSFT +0.9%) Office cash cow will officially roll out on Windows in 12 days. An IT pro/developer preview has been available since March, and a public preview since May.

Office 2016 brings with it real-time co-editing/collaboration features previously available through the Office Online apps, and which have long been a strong point for Google Apps. It also delivers easier cloud document syncing, new IT admin and security tools such as Data Loss Prevention and multi-factor authentication, better Outlook performance, and an improved software update model for businesses.

Separately, Microsoft is updating its Office iPad apps, in part to better support the 12.9″/enterprise-focused iPad Pro (announced yesterday). iOS 9’s Split View and Slide Over multitasking features (available on the Pro and certain other iPads) will be supported, as will annotation via the Apple Pencil stylus.

With the Office 365 transition (pushes out revenue recognition relative to up-front license sales) and soft PC sales weighing, Microsoft’s Office Commercial revenue fell 4% Y/Y in calendar Q2. Traditional Office consumer license revenue fell 42%, while consumer Office 365 subs rose by nearly 3M Q/Q to 15.2M.

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