What’s New in Microsoft Office 2019?
Microsoft has been making a not so subtle attempt to push its 1.2 billion Office users towards Office 365 for some time. This has been mostly successful. Over 120 million people have active Office 365 accounts and adoption is up 34% since 2016 and now Microsoft have released Microsoft Office 2019 as a stanalone version. Those banking on ‘the age of the Google Suite’ can probably keep the champagne on ice for a while yet.
It’s no surprise when you consider that Office 365 is an ongoing subscription that ensures you always have Industry-leading features and tools delivered through an intuitive and accessible interface. With desktop versions of the all-conquering Office staples, Word, Excel and PowerPoint that are always up to date plus a slew of other productivity apps, it’s easy to see why businesses and home users are choosing Office 365. Still not sure what the difference is between Office 365 and Office 2019? This handy explainer video can help:
So, is Microsoft’s latest on-premise release Office 2019 still relevant in the age of the cloud? The answer is yes.
Many people are still holding out on Office 365 preferring to stick to the familiar model; a one-time purchase and distinct versions. For some businesses, it’s not an easy switch to Office 365. Particularly for industries that are notoriously slow when it comes to adopting the latest new thing.
Office 2019 bridges that gap. Features and tools that have been available in Office 365 for some time are now available in Microsoft Office 2019. If you are happy to have access to Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook on one PC and can live without cloud services such as OneDrive, then Microsoft Office 2019 might be the choice for you.
Microsoft Office 2019 doesn’t come with a wealth of new features compared with its predecessor, or anything that’s necessarily going to change the game in terms of your productivity, but it does include a few upgrades that are worth highlighting.
A new Focused Inbox that attempts to identify the emails that are most important to you and pushes the rest into the background (you’ll need a Microsoft Exchange account to use it). Messages can also be read out loud and there is better time zone support in the calendar.
In Word, you’ve got improved translation, text-to-speech, and text spacing options, as well as better support for stylus pens and digital scribbles within your documents. A library of scalable vector icons is also available across the apps.
In Excel, you’ve got similar inking capabilities as well as a few new chart types to play around with. You can drop 3D models into your spreadsheets and rotate to view them at all angles. Various other tweaks and enhancements to features like PivotTables are included too.
Some of the most impressive stuff can be found in PowerPoint. The Morph transition is inspired and takes object to the next level. There’s better support for digital inking and 3D models are available in PowerPoint also. Slideshows can also now be exported as 4K video.
Want to see some of these new features in action? Click on the video below.
So, is Office 2019 worth it? It really comes down to your needs. If you work on a single computer with not much need for sharing and collaborating then Office 2019 is hard to beat. You can make your single payment, install the software and away you go until the next release.