It’s that time of year again — the time to upgrade your Microsoft Office Suite whether you’re a classic user or an IT professional. On Monday, Microsoft announced the release of Office 2019 for Windows and Mac which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Project. Customers have the option to download one of two version: the standard, one-time “on-premises” release Office 2019 or the cloud-connected Office 365 ProPlus.
The updates to the Office Suite present in the 2019 version are those features and enhancements that have been added to Office 365 ProPlus since 2015. Because it is a one-time release, Office 2019 will not receive updates like Office 365 ProPlus would, “including innovations in collaboration, artificial intelligence (AI), security, and more.”
Word and Outlook 2019 introduce new Learning Tools and Focus Mode, which can darken and hide anything on screen that is not your document, putting what you’re working on in the spotlight.
Though Office 365 ProPlus provides all these enhancements and will continue to have feature updates as they become available, Microsoft states that the company has no intention to discontinue this on-premise version of the Office Suite: “While the cloud offers real benefits in productivity, security, and total cost of ownership, we recognize that each customer is at a different point in their adoption of cloud services.”