Microsoft Announces Office 2019

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Office with 19 Comments

In a brief announcement, Microsoft today said that it will ship Office 2019 late next year. The release is aimed at businesses and consumers who aren’t ready to move to the cloud.

“Office 2019 is the next perpetual update for Office,” Microsoft’s Jared Spataro writes. “This release will include perpetual versions of the Office apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and servers (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business).”

Microsoft will preview Office 2019 in mid-2018, the firm says, and will ship the products by the end of the year.

As for new features, we only get a few details.

“Office 2019 will add new user and IT capabilities for customers who aren’t yet ready for the cloud,” Mr. Spataro notes. “For example, new and improved inking features—like pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay—will allow you to work more naturally. New formulas and charts will make data analysis for Excel more powerful. Visual animation features—like Morph and Zoom—will add polish to PowerPoint presentations. Server enhancements will include updates to IT manageability, usability, voice, and security.”

“We recognize that moving to the cloud is a journey with many considerations along the way,” he concludes. “Office 2019 will be a valuable upgrade for customers who feel that they need to keep some or all of their apps and servers on-premises, and we look forward to sharing more details about the release in the coming months.”


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