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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19 responses to “Microsoft Announces Office 2019”

  1. Stokkolm

    When they say "Office 2019 will add new user and IT capabilities for customers who aren’t yet ready for the cloud" are they referring mainly to the Server products, or are they also referring to the client applications? As far as I can tell, the web versions aren't anywhere near ready to replace the client apps.

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to Stokkolm:

      It's marketing babble for aren't ready or willing to switch to the Office 365 subscription payment model.

    • dspeterson

      In reply to Stokkolm:

      I assume the way this will work is “here’s a snapshot of all the cool stuff we’ve been adding to Office 365 only”

    • wright_is

      In reply to Stokkolm:

      The Office 365 client applications (as opposed to the web apps) are being continually enhanced. That means that the shrink-wrap Office 2016 is falling behind on features. The move should bring feature parity back to the standalone version of Office.

      • hrlngrv

        In reply to wright_is:

        MSFT adding more and more inking functionality. Exactly how many people use a pen with Office? Outsiders will never know, but where I work the answer is zero while at their desks with tower PCs or docked laptops and non-touch screen monitors and zero with undocked laptops since none are touch screen. Apparently Surface-driven design.

        • lvthunder

          In reply to hrlngrv:

          How much will that change in the next two years though. Remember this is Office 2019. Plus the inking features can tie together the tablet versions with the desktop versions. You know take that report home to review on your tablet.

    • wolters

      In reply to Stokkolm:

      For us, my company won't commit to the yearly cost of Office 365 to include full Office. We use Exchange Online E1 Plan and just buy single copies of Office on a PC by PC basis. While in the LONG run it would save us money to just go full Office 365, it is more than the company wants to spend in "one chunk." So having Office 2019 as a single copy purchase helps us.

      • Waethorn

        In reply to wolters:

        Why, when you can write off a subscription as an ongoing service fee? It's OPEX, not CAPEX. If your CFO doesn't know what that is, they should be fired immediately.

        • wolters

          In reply to Waethorn:

          We are a small business...the owner simply says yea or nay to spending. He can't see spending $24,000+ a year for Office and E-Mail. That said, between and now and June (our renewal period), I'm going to try to stress the importance of it.

      • misterstuart

        In reply to wolters:

        As an MSP, several of our clients are in the same boat. Some are weary of moving to the cloud because they see the word "subscription" and get scared. Yet, others are paranoid of having their data living someplace other than their own hardware. A few are concerned about the cash outlay, but it seems most just don't understand all of the beniefits of moving to the cloud, and it's not easy to explain to some folks no matter how you try and frame it. :(

  2. glenn8878

    Yahoo. Time to upgrade my 10 years old Office suite.

  3. robinwilson16

    I wonder when SharePoint Online will be upgraded from 2013 as currently the on premise version is 2016 whilst the cloud version is actually still the older 2013 version although there doesn't really seem to be much difference in terms of features or the interface.

  4. matsan

    I've been using Linux and libreoffice full-time för more than a month. Moved from windows and office 2016 and the only thing i really miss is outlook although OWA works pretty well with our exchange server.

    This said - what compelling reasons are there to update office these days? From my 15+ years of using office every update has only been a pain with a more cumbersome ui in each iteration.

    We are still in subscription for office 365 but now it's mainly to have access to the ios versions. We will evaluate this as we approach renewal.


    • hrlngrv

      In reply to matsan:

      I don't use Word or PowerPoint much, so can't say anything about them.

      Excel, OTOH, does have some new functions since Excel 2010, and for intermediate Excel users they're helpful. That said, there are functions which Excel users have been asking for since USENET days in the late 1990s some of which are available in LibreOffice Calc and Google Sheets but still not in Excel. It's quite difficult to believe combing all that's in Office helped Excel.

    • lvthunder

      In reply to matsan:

      Some people will like the inking stuff. Mainly managers who do a lot of reviewing and commenting on documents.


      If your file is in the cloud more than one person can work on it.


      Those are the two that come to mind. But you are right though after 20 years there isn't much left for them to add.

  5. Andrey Medvedev

    Is it as God-awful ugly as the previous two iterations?

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to Andrey_Medvedev:

      Ugly is such a subjective term! Let's just say the next version is likely to be even more consistent with MSFT's flavor-of-the-day aesthetics.

      Yes, I too would prefer a return to a denser, who-gives-a-rat's-ass-for-touch Excel 2010-like UI. MDI would be nice too.

  6. justsy

    Ok now lets go the other direction (the mary joe notepad way)


    Please please bring back msworks name it something else if you have too.


    Charge for it !!


    There is a large group of people who want a simple database, word processor and spreadsheet program that can mail merge for personal use or clubs.


    They don't want to take a loan to buy office with access (there are open source programs and discounts).


    and


    They do not want to spend a semester in school to accomplish the things that can be done in a nights worth of lessons on msworks.


    Most people who use office, use a tenth of the options or even less.


    Again charge for it and take away features so it wont don't take away from office 365 subscriptions.


    make it for use offline for the same reasons as office 2019


    Ffs there is money to be made.


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