The countdown is ticking ever closer to Microsoft’s launch of its new version of Office for fans of the perpetual license model. Office 2019 is rumored to be released on October 1st of this year, although commercial users have been able to play with a BETA version for a few months now. So, what’s the difference between Office 2019 and Office 365?
Put simply, Office 2019 is perpetual license version – ie you pay a one-time license fee and that’s it! In contrast, Office 365 is a monthly subscription version and run online. So, the latter benefits from more regular updates and better features than it’s offline counterpart.
The cloud subscription version (Office 365) is still the way Microsoft really want you to go – at least that’s how the marketing seems. They seem to be pushing the online version way more, with more support available for subscribers, along with regular updates and more features.
But, there are still many who either don’t like the growing trend of the subscription model or are unable to switch short term, and Microsoft acknowledges that, hence why this perpetual license option being available. However, many experts are speculating that this will probably be the last perpetual license version that Microsoft will develop.
What’s new in Office 2019?
According to Microsoft’s website, the features will include:
In Word – a new black theme & new sounds, learning tools captions & audio descriptions, text to speech, improved inking functionality and improvements to accessibility.
In Excel – funnel charts & 2D maps, new functions & connectors, publishing capability to PowerBI, enhancements to PowerPivot & PowerQuery.
In PowerPoint – zoom capabilities for ordering of slides within presentations, a morph transition feature, inserting/managing Icons, SVG & 3D models, improved roaming pencil case.
In Outlook – Updated contact cards, @mentions, focused inbox, travel & delivery summary cards, and (with an Exchange online account) Office 365 Groups.
What else do I need to know about Office 2019?
The most important thing to consider, if you are planning to upgrade, is what operating system you are running on your computer. Office 2019 will not (easily) run on any system older than Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 or macOS Sierra. This new suite will also only receive 5 years of mainstream support followed by roughly 2 years extended (compared to the 5 and 5 of previous versions) – meaning that support of Office 2016 and 2019 will finish on the same day – and further evidence of Microsoft’s possible plan to ditch perpetual licenses in the future.
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