Microsoft have recently released the newest version of Office which Simon has kindly put onto my computer as the office guinea pig. There will now be three versions of Office available – Office 2016, 2019 and Office 365, which is hosted in the Cloud and is an annual subscription service. You can buy Office 2016 and 2019 outright and keep them in perpetuity but they don’t have the updates or online features that Office 365 has. Office 2019 will be available in 32 and 64 bit versions but it will not run on anything less than Windows 10.
There are some new features as always. Here are the lists from Microsoft by application: (see this website for more applications)
- Black Theme
- Learning tools (captions and audio descriptions)
- Speech feature (text-to-speech)
- Improved inking functionality
- Accessibility Improvements
- Funnel Charts, 2D maps, and timelines
- New Excel functions and connectors
- Ability to publish Excel to PowerBI
- PowerPivot enhancements
- PowerQuery enhancements
- Updated contact cards
- Office 365 Groups (with an Exchange online account)
- Focused inbox
- Travel and delivery summary cards
The idea with this update seems to be to provide the features available on Office 365 to those people who cannot have Office 365 for whatever reason, though this reason is not going to be price – 2019 will be much more expensive than 365 although 365 does require an annual renewal. We are certainly recommending Office 365 to all of our clients, especially our business clients for whom the benefits of being in the Cloud are substantial (see our website on the benefits of Office 365).
If you are interested in upgrading your Office suite feel free to contact us on 07 827 7119 or drop into the office at 24B Dick Street.