Microsoft has just announced on it’s blog that Office 2016 will be available starting September 22nd. Author Julia White states, “You may have heard the rumors, but today I’m happy to confirm that Office 2016 will be broadly available starting on September 22nd. If you have a volume licensing agreement in place, you can download Office 2016 from the Volume Licensing Service Center starting October 1st. “
As usual this update comes with some highly anticipated features like Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to reduce network traffic for update deployments as well as provide usage and activation reporting in the Office 365 admin portal. There is also support for data loss prevention (DLP) and multi-factor authentication. Microsoft will be releasing these updates to the current branch but will allow all Current Branch for Business customer to postpone installation until February. The goal of this release system is to ensure that by the time businesses are given access to an update that it gets fully tested, used, and updated as much as possible before being rolled out. Unfortunately, if you find yourself on the current branch of releases you will be the guinea pig. For more information about the update branches, click here.