This Tuesday, Microsoft began its world-wide roll-out of Office 2016, the latest addition to its cloud-based subscription service Office 365.

The new Office 2016 apps are available in 40 languages and require Windows 7 or later versions to work. Office 365 subscribers can choose to download the new Office 2016 apps as part of their subscription, Microsoft said.

“These latest innovations take another big step forward in transforming Office from a familiar set of individual productivity apps to a connected set of apps and services designed for modern working, collaboration and teamwork,” Chief Executive Satya Nadella is quoted in the Globe and Mail as saying in a statement.

Microsoft said Office 2016 brings new versions of desktop apps for Windows including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Access and allows for collaboration.

New features in the Windows release include the ability to create, open, edit, and save files in the cloud straight from the desktop, a new search tool for commands available in Word , PowerPoint , Excel and Outlook named "Tell Me", and co-authoring in real time with users connected to Office Online, according to an on-line description.

New features in the Mac release include an updated user interface that uses ribbons , support for Retina Display , and new sharing features for Office documents. New features are also available in Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.

The general design of the application remains basically unchanged from its predecessor, Office 2013, and has three themes including color, white and dark grey versions.