New version of Office for Mac expected later this year

More than three years after releasing the current version of Office for Mac, Microsoft is readying a major refresh.

Mac users can expect a new version of the apps suite by the end of the year, according to Thorsten Hübschen, leader of Microsoft’s Office group in Germany.

Hübschen did not offer much in the way of details about the new product other than to say that development teams were working on the apps and that more should be known about the Mac version in the second quarter.

A Microsoft representative confirmed that development the Mac version of the app suite is under way.

“The team is hard at work on the next version of Office for Mac,” a representative told Computerwoche in an email. “While I don’t have details to share on timing, when it’s available, Office 365 subscribers will automatically get the next Office for Mac at no additional cost.”