Today is the day. After previewing Office 2019 for months, Microsoft is finally releasing the next major upgrade to its Office suite of apps today on Mac and Windows. The company is making Office 2019 generally available to commercial volume license customers today, with all consumer and commercial customers gaining access in the next few weeks.
With Office 2019, Microsoft’s office apps are getting smarter while building on modern features like inking. Apps like Word, for example, is picking up a brand new black theme, Focus Mode, improved inking features, and new tools for learning. Microsoft is also bringing intelligent features like Focused Inbox to Outlook, along with an improved design, new travel and delivery summary cards, and more.
As for Excel, Microsoft is introducing new 2D maps, funnel charts, new functions and connectors, combined with enhancements to PowerPivot and PowerQuery. PowerPoint, as you’d expect, is getting fancy new transitions like zooming and morphing that will make your slides look even better. The update introduces other features like improved roaming pencil case, support for SVG and 3D models on PowerPoint, etc.
Office 2019 also brings security improvements to the product suite, although they are quite minor for consumers, the installer improvements make it easier for IT Pros to upgrade their systems to Office ProPlus. Microsoft says today’s release will follow updates to Exchange Server, Skype for Business Server, SharePoint Server, and Project Server in the coming weeks. For its commercial customers, Microsoft is pushing users to move to its cloud-based offerings, even though it will continue to provide another on-premises release in the future.
You can find all the details to Office 2019 here.
<p>but but MS now only provides sw on the cloud and in abonnement /s</p>
<p>Since it requires Windows 10, it again illustrates Microsoft's favoring Windows 10 over the needs of its customers. It's unlikely that there's any technical reason why it couldn't run on Windows 7/8/8.1 since it isn't a UWP app.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#327499">In reply to wright_is:</a></em></blockquote><p>Given its long history, we can be pretty sure that Office isn't implemented in .NET to any significant degree, if at all (they didn't really use MFC either back in the day despite their encouragement for others to use it). I don't know if any new Windows 10 APIs were used, but since MS wrote both Win 10 and Office, it would be rather trivial to duplicate the missing API functionality as part of the application itself should Office actually be using some new APIs.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#327613">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yes, I'm quite well aware of Microsoft's policies which I would argue is more evidence of it favoring it's own agenda over that of its customers. </p>