Office 2016 - Unofficial FAQ

What is Office 2016?

Microsoft Office 2016 is the next version of Microsoft's productivity suite which includes new versions of Microsoft Word (word processing), Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet), Microsoft PowerPoint (presentation graphics), Outlook (Personal Information Manager), OneNote (Note taking), Access (Database Management System), Publisher (Desktop Publishing) and Skype (Realtime Communications).

When will Microsoft launch Office 2016 final version?

Microsoft promised to launch Office 2016 in the fall of 2015.

Where can I download the Office 2016 Preview?


Where can I download Project 2016 Preview and Visio 2016 Preview?

Download links

Project 32 bit (Recommended)

Project 64 bit

Visio 32 bit (Recommended)

Visio 64 bit

Where can I find the product key to activate Office 2016, Project 2016 and Visio 2016?

Office 2016:


Project 2016:


Visio 2016:


What are the system requirements?

Office 2016 uses the same requirements as Office 2013. The suite works on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 PCs.

What are my options if I need to test multiple versions of Office?

You could try setting up a virtual machine:

How to: install the latest Windows 10 Build in Oracle VirtualBox

Why can I not do a side by side installation with older versions of Office?

Office 2016 uses a Click-to-Run installer which does not provide the option of customizing the setup experience.

Can the Office 2016 Preview work side by side with Office Touch for Windows?

Yes, both will work together just fine.

Word 2016 and Word Touch Preview

Will there be offline ISO or MSI installers?

Microsoft has not provided any further information regarding how Office 2016 will be distributed.

What is the build number of Office 2016 available for download?


Microsoft has promised to deliver regular updates to Office 2016 preview, how will I download them?

Launch any of the Office 2016 modules (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc). Click File > Accounts > Office Updates > Update Now

How can I tell if Office 2016 has successfully installed?

Click File > Account > click in the list box under Office Themes and select Colorful:

Open other office apps and see if the apps use the respective colors:

What happened to Microsoft Lync?

Lync has evolved into Skype for Business.

What happened to Microsoft InfoPath?

Development of Microsoft InfoPath has discontinued. Some of its functionality has been migrated to SharePoint Server. Learn more:


What are some of the new features in Office 2016?

Tell Me - for quickly finding commands and functions in Office 2016 applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Higher DPI support

Faster loading of charts and Smart Art graphics

Updated backstage user interface

Colorful Office theme

Inserting images with better accuracy

Improved accessibility

Ability to insert attachments from OneDrive or SharePoints in Outlook

Improved performance and better support for small devices

Where can I get more information about Microsoft Office 2016?

Office Blogs

Office 2016 Preview


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