Microsoft is starting to preview the features and changes to Office 2019 today, enabling some individuals to try out the new features and other changes ahead of the product’s actual availability. The preview is made available via the company’s Microsoft Collaborate product, and users are encouraged to provide feedback on their experiences with the software. Getting access to the preview is a little tricky, though.The software maker is making its first Office 2019 preview available to business customers, with features that are typically found in Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription. Office 2019 will include the usual Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook client apps, alongside server versions of Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business.
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In terms of new features, Office 2019 will pick up capabilities that are already available for Office 365 ProPlus users, but aren't currently available for Office 2016. From Microsoft:
Updates include new and improved inking features across the apps, like the roaming pencil case, pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay; more powerful data analysis in Excel, like new formulas, new charts, and Power BI integration; and sophisticated presentation features in PowerPoint, like Morph and Zoom.
Additionally, for IT administrators, Office 2019 will exclusively take advantage of Click-to-Run, first introduced in Office 2013, for deployment. "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," Microsoft says.
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Microsoft has placed more of an emphasis on Office 365 in recent years, but it still sees perpetual license versions of Office as important for customers who aren't yet ready to move fully to the cloud.
Microsoft is planning to release Office 2019 later this year, and most users will be business customers who aren’t subscribed to Office 365. Businesses can sign up to try out Office 2019 right here.
Source: Microsoft Blog , The Verge.