cnBeta.com also cited "Outlook 16" as the application's formal name, implying Microsoft has skipped a version: Office for Mac 2011's Outlook was pegged v. 14. The v. 16 may indicate that the next Office for OS X will be based on the same code as the next edition for Windows: Office 2013 is formally tagged v. 15. Rumors have also pinned the code name "Office 16" on the upcoming Windows edition.
Office 16, probably named to match Microsoft's convention, may launch as early as the spring of 2015. If that's the case, and Microsoft releases a companion upgrade for the Mac at the same time — or even earlier — it would be another departure for the Redmond, Wash. company, which in the past has shipped the OS X version an average of six months after the one for Windows.
On the side of an early appearance of Office for the Mac is the fact that Microsoft shipped a touch-only version for the iPad in March, but has yet to do the same for touch-centric Windows devices, including Microsoft's own Surface.
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