Microsoft unveiled the new version of the company's Office suite Microsoft Office 2019 today. The new Office 2019 will be released for Windows 10 (and newest LTSC of Windows Server) and Apple Mac OS X (most recent version according to Microsoft) only.
Commercial volume license customers may access Office 2019 starting today while all other customers, home users and businesses alike, will be able to buy and install the new version of Office in the "next few weeks".
Office 2019 is the new on-premises version of the Office suite that includes updates to Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Visio, Access and Project (the last four are only available for Windows).
Office Server products, Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2019, and Project Server 2019, will also be released in the coming weeks.
Here is a list of important changes of Office 2019 when compared to the predecessor Office 2016:
The following features are supported by Office 365 but not included in Office 2019:
1. There will be another on-premises version of Office
Microsoft revealed today that Office 2019 won't be the last on-premises version of Office; this means that the company will release another version of Office that is not cloud-based.
2. There is no MSI installer
Microsoft introduces the click-to-run installer with Office 2013. Users and administrators could install Office 2013 and 2016 using the click-to-run installer or the MSI installer.
With Office 2019, we’re moving the on-premises versions of Office to C2R to reduce costs and improve security. The advantages of C2R include predictable monthly security updates, up-to-date apps on installation, reduced network consumption through Windows 10 download optimization technology, and an easy upgrade path to Office 365 ProPlus.
Office 2019 supports only click-to-run installations. One of the main issues that admins and users may face is that the click-to-run installer installs all Office apps during installation. No problem if you plan to use them all but what if you don't need some of the apps?
The solution comes in form of the Office Deployment Tool that you can download from the Microsoft website. It is a command line tool to deploy click-to-run versions of Microsoft Office.
3. One-time payment, No subscription, and no feature updates
Office 2019 is available for a one-time payment. In other words: there is no subscription. Downside to this is that Microsoft decided to limit updates to security and quality updates.
The company states that Office 2019 won't receive new features after its release.
Office 2019 is a perpetually-licensed product similar to previous major versions. It will receive regular security updates but no new features after its release.
That's different from Office 365 ProPlus and other subscription-based products.
4. Support for older Office versions continues
There is no requirement to upgrade an earlier supported version of Office to the new Office 2019. Office 2013 and 2016 continue to be supported.
5. Office 2019 requires no Internet access when used
Office 2019 does not require an active Internet connection, or Internet at all, when it is installed. The product is fully installed on the system and can be used without active Internet connection because of that.
Updates are made available on the Internet but they can be "hosted on-premises for disconnected networks".
6. Office 2019 is supported for seven years
Microsoft revealed that Office 2019 includes five years of mainstream support and two years of extended support. The company notes that this is an exception to the 10-year fixed lifetime policy term and that seven years of support aligns it with the end of extended support for Office 2016.
7. You can't run Office 2019 and Office 2016 next to each other
Office 2016 and Office 2019 can't be run concurrently on the same operating system.
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