After spending some time digging around for the code name of the next version of Windows (Windows 9, it appears to be), I figured I’d do the same thing with Office. While what I’ve unearthed so far isn’t enough to say with 100% certainty, it’s certainly something more than deduction and implication (which, recall, if you will, when Microsoft skipped “Office 13″ as a code name, due to superstitious reasons).

Thus far, there’s a whopping one mention of “Office 16″ that I’ve found, but it’s from a senior user experience designer on the Office team at Microsoft, so it’s a worthy mention:

Office 16

Despite that being the only “Office 16″ reference I found, I did happen to find a couple of other mentions of the “next version” of Office. Such mentions don’t lend much to code names, but they’re at least somewhat insightful, in regards to learning something more than the nothing we know prior to reading them.

First, here’s a mention from the profile of a senior user experience researcher at Microsoft:

Office 16

And here’s one more from a program manager at Microsoft:

Office 16

That’s it for now. I know it’s not much, but I wanted to go ahead and share what I’d dug up thus far. In the mean time, I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for more and will be sure to update you with anything else I can scrounge up!



  1. In Word 2013: I wonder if the replace styles dialogs have been made any larger? (Control H, More>>, Replace section Format > Style.

    Little things that would make the software easier to use. But, probably not. Office 2013 will be all about iCloud Azure++ Gold Sharepoint Professional 24/7 cloud connectivity to the cloud.

  2. As a Microsoft training organization, its almost impossible to keep up with the changes in version on Microsoft Office. Fortunately though, the changes are so slight each time.

  3. Etrange cette histoire avec microsoft, a suivre je pense …

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