Microsoft Office 2016 RTM Now Available for Download

Good news for people who were eagerly waiting for the final release (RTM) of Microsoft's upcoming Office suite "Office 2016" and its general availability (GA).

Today i.e. September 22, 2015, Microsoft has released final RTM version of Office 2016 to public for download and purchase.

The version number of Office 2016 RTM is 16.0.4266.1003.


People who are using Office 365 ProPlus subscription, will automatically receive Office 2016 in form of monthly feature and security updates. Microsoft has named this always up-to-date mechanism of Office 365 ProPlus as "Current Branch" (CB). So Office 2016 update will be provided to all Office 365 ProPlus subscribers via Current Branch starting September 22nd.

If you are an Office 365 ProPlus subscriber but don't want the Office 2016 update on September 22nd and want to wait for a few months, you can opt for the new "Current Branch for Business" (CBB) model which will deliver three cumulative feature updates per year. Don't worry! you'll continue to receive monthly security updates. Office 2016 will be released to "Current Branch for Business" model in February 2016. This Office 2016 update will be similar to the September 22nd release but will also include security updates released during four additional months (between September 22nd to February 2016). You can consider this new Current Branch for Business of Office same as Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch).

Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home users will also receive Office 2016 update on September 22nd.

Volume License users can download Office 2016 from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) starting October 1st.

Pricing Details:

  • Office 2016 Home and Student - $149.99
  • Office 2016 Home and Business - $229.99
  • Office 2016 Professional - $399.99
  • Office 365 Personal - $6.99 per month
  • Office 365 Home - $9.99 per month

Office 2016 comes with many new features and UI enhancements such as new dark and colorful themes addition, cloud support, real-time co-authoring, new assistant tools, etc.

You can read our exclusive review of Office 2016 to learn more about its features:

[Review] What's New in Microsoft Office 2016?

If you want to test the new Office 2016 features first, you can download a free Preview version of Office 2016 from following link:

Microsoft Office 2016 Free Preview Available for Download

Also Check:

[Tip] Customize Office Click-to-Run (C2R) Setup to Install Selected Programs

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  • Does the upgrade only apply for Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions, or do all Office 365 users get the upgrade?

  • VG

    ^^ Its mentioned they'll also receive the update on September 22nd.

  • Will RTM have the same build and features as the latest preview? Can I keep using preview when RTM releases?

  • VG

    ^^ You can keep using Preview version until RTM release. Regarding features, RTM should have almost same features.

  • What is the exact version number of the RTM release? (16.x.x.x...)

  • How to do a custom installation Office 2016. It's just installing all the items by default. No install location option or anything like that....

  • I have a MS Office 365 University license. Will I get the upgrade to 2016?

  • ^^ I read somewhere Office 365 University subscribers do get the upgrade.

  • VG

    You should get.

    @Jeet Chowdhury
    Try following:

    Its 16.0.4229.1024.

  • VG, how do i upgrade to office 2016 with 365 license?

  • How to Office 2016 RTM ISO ?

  • VG

    ^^ You'll need to purchase Office 2016 to get its ISO file. Or if you are MSDN / Technet subscriber, you can download it from your account.

    You'll get it automatically via Update.

  • Hello @VG! RTM is 16.0.4266.1003 (not 16.0.4229.1024). :)

  • VG

    ^^ Yeah. I have seen both version numbers of Office 2016 RTM in some machines. Thats why I was confused which is the RTM build number.

  • Can You Guide Me How To Use This Deployment Tool. I Have MSDN ISO File...

  • VG, I ended up signing in to the official MS Office site and install a fresh upgrade copy of 2016. so now I have the new update. Thanks for the tip, man.

  • VG

    ^^ You are welcome.

    @Jeet Chowdhury
    Check following:

  • Hey vishal, how are you doing fella?

    Can you tell where i can download office 2016 trail versions or share the "direct from microsoft" links in one of your future articles ?????


  • VG

    ^^ Trial versions are available for download at official Office website:

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