Microsoft announced that Office 2019 is scheduled to be released during the second half of this year, and in April Microsoft released Office 2019 Commercial preview for Windows 10. Over the next coming months Microsoft will also release previews of Office 2019 for Mac, Exchange 2019, SharePoint 2019, Project Server 2019, and Skype for Business 2019. But what can we expect from Office 2019.
At any early glance Office 2019 will include all the features of Office 365 with improved inking features across applications like the roaming pencil case, pressure sensitivity and tilt effects; more powerful features withing Excel like new formulas, charts and powerful BI integration and also more sophisticated presentation features in PowerPoint like Morph and Zoom.
Microsoft is targeting this Windows version of Office 2019 towards businesses that aren’t running Office 365, and the productivity suite will only run on Windows 10. Office 365 delivers continuous cloud-powered innovation for increased productivity, better security however Microsoft have recognised that for many customers, moving to the cloud is a journey with many considerations along the way. Office 2019 will be a valuable upgrade for customers who feel that they need to keep some or all of their apps and servers on-premises.
If you’re currently subscribed to Office 365, you won’t have to pay extra for the Office upgrade. Your monthly or annual subscription fees should remain the same although there is no guarantee that Microsoft won’t adjust the price.
Office 2019 offers the expected applications, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Publisher, as well as Project and Visio.
Should I upgrade to Office 2019 or move to Office 365.
If you have an Office 2016 license, you should stick with this until its support ends. Whether or not Office 365 will be worth the investment, depends on your business and whether you require the addition features and included services are worth the added cost, but in any case migrating to Office 365 does require careful consideration so we recommend you discuss this with your IT support team or provider. If you looking to move to Office 2019, you need to ensure you are running Windows 10.
If you’re unsure about upgrading to Windows 10 or subscribing to Office 365, you can still get a copy of Office 2016. Mainstream support runs until 13th October 2020, and extended support does not expire until 14th October 2025.
Whats the difference between Office 2019 (perpetual) and Office 365 (subscription)?
Office 2019 is a one-time purchase that does not receive feature updates after you buy it. Office 2019 includes a meaningful subset of features that are found in Office 365. However, it’s not part of Office 365. Office 2019 will receive quality and security updates as required.
Office 365 is the user-based subscription service that is powered by the Microsoft cloud. It includes the most collaborative, secure and up-to-date features.
How can we help?
If you would like advice on what Office package or subscription best suits your business please contact our Microsoft licensing team today to find out more, on 01392 824 022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.