Microsoft Office 2019…Coming Soon to a Computer Near You

Earlier this fall, Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Office 2019 (which will begin shipping in the latter half of 2018), but if you’re like many of our clients, you are unsure what this means for you. As your trusted IT experts, we have has compiled the highlights and features of Office 2019.

Unlike Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud based subscription suite of applications and services, Office 2019 will provide a valuable “perpetual release” upgrade for customers who haven’t fully embraced the notion of cloud-based services or “feel that they need to keep some or all of their apps and servers on-premises,” according to Jared Sparato, general manager of Office.

Beyond the programs we’ve all come to know and expect from Microsoft Office – such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – the 2019 edition will also include Outlook client applications and server versions of Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business. Some new features of Office 2019 will include:

  • Improved and expanded formulas and charts that will make the data analysis capabilities of Excel even more powerful
  • “Inking” options like pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink reply, which will allow for users to more naturally make notes and draw on top of documents when using touch- and pen-enabled devices
  • Integration of “Morph” and “Zoom” visual animation features (currently only available through Microsoft 365) into PowerPoint
  • Enhanced enterprise functionality
  • Server updates that will focus on superior IT manageability, usability, voice recognition, and security

While specific pricing has not yet been announced, it is known that this will be a perpetual (or license based) release instead of an ongoing subscription based release, and is expected to incorporate many of the best features currently only available through Office 365. With that said, if you are looking to update your version of Microsoft Office in the coming year, but don’t know if Office 2019 or Office 365 is a better fit for your business, we encourage you to reach out for a no-obligation, preliminary evaluation of your current (and future) information technology needs.

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