Microsoft to roll out Office 2019 next year
Microsoft is coming with a new version of Office for users who are not ready for cloud based solutions such as the Office 365 yet. It is called Office 2019 and will be available in the second half of 2018. The preview versions will starts rolling out little earlier, providing users a bite of the new Office. The announcement was made at the Microsoft Ignite Conference held in Orlando on 26 September.
According to Jared Spataro, general manager for Office, “this is the next perpetual update for Office and will include perpetual versions of Office apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook along with server versions of Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business.”
Microsoft claims, Office 2019 will offer improved inking features, smarter excel, more polished power point.
Improved inking features in Office 2019 include better pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay. This will allow users to work more naturally with styluses. Inking is a terminology used by Microsoft for tools and apps which support stylus. It enables users to draw or write in office apps using a stylus.
Office 2019 will bring in new formulas to Excel allowing users to analyse data and generate charts from complex data sets in lesser time.
For Power Point users, Microsoft is adding visual animation features such as Morph and Zoom. How they will work is not known yet, but the company claims these will give your presentations a more polished look.
Improvements in Server based solutions such as Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business will include updates to IT manageability, usability, voice, and security.
What makes Office 2019 different from Office 365 is the fact that it will work offline and is likely to be available with a one-time payment cost, like its predecessor the Office 2016, which costs Rs 6,889.
The Office 365 is a subscription based suite provided and fully supported by Microsoft. It allows users to access all Office apps and servers on any device of their choosing with internet connection. The basic Office 365 Personal costs Rs360 per month.