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Microsoft announces Office 2019, scheduled for H2 2018

by Mark Tyson on 29 September 2017, 13:01

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Earlier this week, at its Ignite event in Orlando, Microsoft announced Office 2019. The firm described the release as "the next perpetual update for Office." Specifically, Microsoft Office 2019 will include perpetual versions of the Office apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and servers (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business).

Jared Spataro, General Manager, Microsoft Office, explained in a blog post on the official Microsoft Office site that "we recognize that moving to the cloud is a journey with many considerations along the way." Thus, he went on, "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 are one of those who "aren't yet ready for the cloud" you will be able to buy the Office 2019 software suite and enjoy the newest features Microsoft is enabling, such as:

  • New and improved inking features—like pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay—will allow you to work more naturally.
  • New formulas and charts will make data analysis for Excel more powerful.
  • Visual animation features—like Morph and Zoom—will add polish to PowerPoint presentations.
  • Server enhancements will include updates to IT manageability, usability, voice, and security.

It appears to be too early to be more specific about the enhancements coming to respective members of the Office 2019 suite. The Office blog post states that previews of the new products will start to become available in summer next year, with the retail ready release of Office 2019 scheduled for H2 2018.



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We've moved to O365 and 2016 at work, and the desktop apps are garbage, I'm sticking with 2013 as long as I can.
I dont understand why they make this lovely pretty interface for you to save files… if you're saving to the cloud…. which only actually works 50% of the time…. the other 50% of the time it forces you to do it via explorer anyway…. where it will then upload straight to the cloud.

Every time microsoft try and make something more straight forward, they make it far more frustrating for the average person.
More of the same. Pretty similar marketing tactics to Apple's phones. Sounds glamorous but doesn't really add anything for the majority of users. Still use 2007 on my one PC and 2013 on another. Does a great job but then so does Libre Office on my win10 laptop :)
I use Office 2016/365 in work and home. No issues saving to Onedrive. The applications also don't give me any issues.

“ the desktop apps are garbage, I'm sticking with 2013 as long as I can.” - Not sure why you think that they're garbage as they're pretty much the exact same version with added stuff?

Are the first three posts from authentic users?
The control you have when searching in outlook 2016 is worth the upgrade alone. Not that it is amazing but it was just so bad before.