Microsoft Office 2019 is now available for Windows and Mac, bringing updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Video, Project, Access, and Publisher. Office 365 subscribers should note that this is not an update to that platform, and is instead a version meant for non-subscribers.
Currently Office 2019 is being made available to commercial users, and Microsoft says the consumer versions will arrive in the “coming weeks,”. Office 2019 ships with “classic versions” of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. While Windows users will also receive Publisher 2019, Access 2019, Project 2019, and Visio 2019, these apps wont be available on the Mac platform.
Essentially by purchasing Office 2019, you get features already available to Office 365 users. However, these versions will not be updated regularly with new features. Instead you will only gain security updates and patches, while monthly subscribers will continue to benefit from new features as they are released
What's new in Office 2019
Microsoft has provided an outline of some of the new features available in Office 2019 on the company's Office 2019 FAQ:
- Black theme
- Learning tools (captions and audio descriptions)
- Speech feature (text-to-speech)
- Improved inking functionality
- Accessibility improvements
- Funnel charts, 2D maps, and timelines
- New Excel functions and connectors
- Ability to publish Excel to PowerBI
- PowerPivot enhancements
- PowerQuery enhancements
- Zoom capabilities for ordering of slides within presentations
- Morph transition feature
- Ability to insert and manage Icons, SVG, and 3D models
- Improved roaming pencil case
- Updated contact cards
- Office 365 Groups1
- Focused inbox
- Travel and delivery summary cards
How much does Office 2019 cost
While Microsoft hasn't revealed the cost of Office 2019, it was previously reported that the company was looking to raise its prices by 10 percent over previous versions. This would put Office 2019 at around $225 or higher. Meanwhile Office 365 Personal will only cost you $69.99 per year.
While Office 365 maybe cheaper for some users, Microsoft plans to commit to releasing future one-time purchase versions of Office for those who prefer it.