Microsoft office suite comes with a handful of software packages for carrying out several functions in the office. Everyone typically relies on Microsoft Office. These software packages include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access; designed for various functions. New versions are released every three years or so, which they make compatible with old versions. And come the next year 2019, a new version will be introduced as Microsoft Office 2019. What will be different? What can one expect to see here? Continue reading this article to find out.
Microsoft Office 2019 will be released in late 2018, with a preview version available in the second quarter of that same year. It will include the applications available in previous suites (such as Office 2016 and Office 2013), including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, as well as servers including Skype for Business, SharePoint, and Exchange.
You’ll need Windows 10 to install the new suite. The main reason for this is that Microsoft wants to update its Office apps twice a year from now on, in a similar manner in which they currently update Windows 10. In order for it all to work seamlessly, the technology needs to mesh.
Additionally, Microsoft aims to eventually phase out earlier versions of Office because they are not on the twice-a-year cadence. Microsoft is planning for this schedule for almost all of their software now.
The upside for you, the user, is that you’ll always have the most up-to-date versions of both Windows 10 and Office 2019 at any given time, provided you allow Windows Updates to install. Microsoft also says they will support Office 2019 for five years, and then offer approximately two years of extended support after that. This means you can purchase Office 2019 this fall and use it until sometime around 2026.
Office 2019 vs. Office 365
Microsoft has clearly stated that Microsoft Office 2019 will be “perpetual.” This means, that unlike Office 365, you can purchase the Office suite and own it. You won’t have to pay for a monthly subscription to use it (as is the case with Office 365).
Microsoft is doing this because they realize now that not all users are ready for the cloud (or perhaps don’t trust it) and want to keep their work offline and on their own machines.
Many users don’t believe that the cloud is secure enough and want to be in charge of their own data on their own terms. Of course, there are those that don’t want to pay a monthly fee to use the product too.
If you are currently an Office 365 user, there’s no reason to purchase Office 2019. Unless that is, you want to opt-out of your subscription and also move all of your work offline. If you decide to do that though, you can still save your work to the cloud if you like, using options like OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox. In doing so, you can get rid of the monthly subscription fee you pay now for Office 365.
Microsoft has not released a complete list of new features, they have mentioned a few:
- Firstly, Microsoft Office 2019 will have new and improved inking features, such as pressure sensitivity.
- Secondly, PowerPoint 2019 will have new visualization features, like Morph and Zoom.
- Thirdly, Excel 2019 will have new formulas and charts to make data analysis more powerful.
- Fourthly, Enhancements to Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business will include updates to improve usability voice, security, and IT management.