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Office 2019: what’s new?
August 21, 2018

Microsoft are expected to release Office 2019 – the latest update to their business software – in the latter part of 2018, with most guessing it will be September of this year (although there was no official release date at the time of publishing this article).

Here are some of the best business features.

 

One-time fee with continual updates
When it’s officially launched, businesses will be able to pay a one-time fee and will then have access to all the new features and updates as they are released.

Microsoft said that whilst this is a move away from the subscription-based Office 365 plan, it’s been designed for businesses that ‘aren’t yet ready for the cloud.’

The good news for Office 356 users is that your apps will be updated with the new features as they roll out.

 

Updates

Outlook
Contact cards will be updated, support @mentions and introduce focussed inbox features.

Word
It will come with a new black theme, learning tools and text-to-speech features. There will also be usability and accessibility improvements.

Excel
Businesses will benefit from new Excel functions, Power Pivot and Power Query enhancements. You will also be able to publish from Excel to Power BI.

PowerPoint
This will come with added zoom capabilities and the ability to manage 3D images within the program itself.

OneNote
A firm favourite of ours here at projectfive and we’re pleased to see that this is coming with a lot of updates.

Microsoft have said that it will combine OneNote 2016’s best features with Windows 10 usability. Such features include improved syncing, ink-to-text and an overall enhanced user experience.

 

Support
Office 2019 will only run on Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 or macOS.

Microsoft have also announced that Office 2019 will not be receiving 10 years of support like previous editions, it will get 5 years of mainstream support and only 2 years of extended support.

 

Our verdict?
It seems like Office 2019 will be a win-win for everyone. Users that aren’t quite ready for the cloud will benefit from this ‘perpetual’ offering of continual updates, and O365 users will continue to access these app updates as part of their subscription. We will be giving a full review once it’s launched, so watch this space!

 

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