Microsoft launches Office 2016 for Windows

Microsoft launched Office 2016 for Windows today. Microsoft announced Office 2016 in January and released the first preview for Windows back in March. While the test version of the productivity suite was free, this isn’t true for the final release: You either have to pay upfront or purchase an Office 365 subscription. That said, Microsoft is promising that subscribers can expect “more frequent updates with new features and improvements.”

Your options are as follows. You can purchase an Office 365 subscription, starting at $6.99 per month (Office 365 Personal) or $9.99 per month (Office 365 Home), and get new features as they come. Alternatively, you can get Office 2016 via a one-time purchase: Office Home & Student will set you back $149 while Office Home & Business costs $229.

As promised, Microsoft today also released a standalone Office 2016 for Mac one-time purchase option (the above prices apply to OS X users as well). Unlike the Mac version of Office, the Windows release requires that you uninstall any previous version of Office.

Here are the Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, Outlook, and OneNote) system requirements for Windows users:

  • Computer and processor: 1 GHz or faster x86 or x64 with SSE2 instruction set
  • Memory: 2GB Ram
  • Hard disk: 3.0GB available
  • Display: 1280×800
  • Graphics: Hardware acceleration requires DirectX 10
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, or Windows 10 Server
  • Browser: Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox 35 or higher, Chrome 40 or higher, Internet Explorer 9 or higher
  • .Net version: .NET 3.5 required, some features may require .NET 4.0 or 4.5 CLR to also be installed
  • Microsoft account


The new Office 2016 apps are available in 40 languages.