It is now possible to download the preview of Office 2019, the new classic version of Microsoft’s popular office suite, which will replace Office 2016.
This perpetual version, as Microsoft calls it, could be the last to run in client mode, as Microsoft’s goal is to prioritize Office 365, which runs in the cloud.
In fact, the new features of Office 2019 are already included in Office 365, but they are also moved to Office 2019 for users who prefer to use the suite in the traditional way (i.e., installing it on the computer and working in local mode, without the need to use the cloud or an Internet connection).
Office 2019 preview allows you to test Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, Project, and Visio in client mode, as well as apps for Exchange, SharePoint, Project Server, and Skype for Business Server servers. This preview is not freely accessible, as only companies that have signed up for Microsoft Collaborate can access it.
These are some of the new features of Office 2019:
- Word 2019: new educational tools, support for audio descriptions, new dark theme
- Excel 2019: new formulas, new graphs, new data analysis tools, Power BI integration
- PowerPoint 2019: sophisticated new presentation types, new special effects, such as Morph and Zoom. 3D and SVG graphics support
- Outlook 2019: better email management and content analysis
- General enhancements: improved stylus support
Office 2019 only works on Windows 10. The preview is only available for Windows, but in the next few months, it will be available for Mac. The launch of Office 2019 is scheduled for the end of 2018.
As we have said, all these new features are already present in Office 365 ProPlus, so if you have this version, you don’t need Office 2019. The indications are that Microsoft wants to abandon the client version of Office to stay with Office 365, based on the cloud. But it will depend on “what customers ask for,” as the company has confirmed.
Until now, the classic versions of Office had five years of technical support and another five years of extended support (security patches). However, with Office 2019 this extended support will be reduced to two years.
Today is a premiere day for Microsoft, as it is planned that in the next few hours also launch the update Windows 10 April Update.